Share this entry

Share this page

Armageddon

Line breaks: Ar¦ma|ged¦don
Pronunciation: /ˌɑːməˈɡɛd(ə)n
 
/

Definition of Armageddon in English:

noun

1(In the New Testament) the last battle between good and evil before the Day of Judgement.
Example sentences
  • Jesus is expected to come back to earth and begin his one thousand-year reign after he defeats the anti-Christ in the battle of Armageddon.
  • From the Christian perspective, human history is a struggle between good and evil, with the end of history itself understood in light of the final climactic battle of Armageddon.
  • As the time of the tribulation or Armageddon approached, the forces of evil would become restive and more aggressive.
1.1The place where the Armageddon will be fought.
Example sentences
  • According to the Book of Revelations, the final battle in the history of the future will be fought on an ancient battlefield in northern Israel called Armageddon.
  • Firstly, the plains of Armageddon are where a great mass of armies will gather, not fight.
  • Israeli archaeologists on Saturday said they had discovered what may be the oldest Christian church in the Holy Land on the grounds of a prison near the biblical site of Armageddon.
1.2A dramatic and catastrophic conflict, especially one seen as likely to destroy the world or the human race: nuclear Armageddon
More example sentences
  • Ten years after the end of the Cold War, the threat of a nuclear Armageddon has receded, but the collapse of world communism and its repercussions are still works in progress.
  • With no choice but retaliation a nuclear Armageddon ensued.
  • In addition, some of the economic arguments proposing financial Armageddon if we vote no are unfounded.

Origin

Greek, from Hebrew har mĕgiddōn 'hill of Megiddo' (Rev. 16:16).

Definition of Armageddon in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day vicarious
Pronunciation: vɪˈkɛːrɪəs
adjective
experienced in the imagination through another person's feelings…