Definitions for Apocalypseəˈpɒk ə lɪps

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•poc•a•lypseəˈpɒk ə lɪps(n.)

  1. (cap.)

    Category: Bible

    Ref: revelation (def. 4). 4

  2. any of a class of Jewish or Christian writings of c200 b.c. to a.d. 350 that were assumed to make revelations of the ultimate divine purpose.

    Category: Religion

  3. a prophetic revelation, esp. concerning a cataclysm in which the forces of good triumph over the forces of evil.

  4. any revelation or prophecy.

  5. any universal or widespread destruction or disaster.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of apocalypse:

1125–75; < LL apocalypsis < Gk apokálypsis revelation, der. of apokalýptein to uncover, reveal =apo-apo - +kalýptein to cover, conceal

Princeton's WordNet

  1. apocalypse(noun)

    a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil

  2. Revelation, Revelation of Saint John the Divine, Apocalypse, Book of Revelation(noun)

    the last book of the New Testament; contains visionary descriptions of heaven and of conflicts between good and evil and of the end of the world; attributed to Saint John the Apostle


  1. apocalypse(Noun)

    A revelation.

    The early development of Perl 6 was punctuated by a series of apocalypses by Larry Wall.

  2. apocalypse(Noun)

    The events prophesied in the Revelation of John; the second coming and the end of life on Earth; global destruction.

  3. apocalypse(Noun)

    A disaster; a cataclysmic event.

  4. Apocalypse(ProperNoun)

    The written account of a revelation of hidden things given by God to a chosen prophet.

    Apocalypses of Adam and Abraham (Epiphanius) and of Elias (Jerome) are also mentioned.

  5. Origin: From ἀποκάλυψις.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apocalypse(noun)

    the revelation delivered to St. John, in the isle of Patmos, near the close of the first century, forming the last book of the New Testament

  2. Apocalypse(noun)

    anything viewed as a revelation; a disclosure


  1. Apocalypse

    An apocalypse, translated literally from Greek, is a disclosure of knowledge, i.e., a lifting of the veil or revelation, although this sense did not enter English until the 14th century. In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden. In the Revelation of John, the last book of the New Testament, the revelation which John receives is that of the ultimate victory of good over evil and the end of the present age, and that is the primary meaning of the term, one that dates to 1175. Today, it is commonly used in reference to any prophetic revelation or so-called End Time scenario, or to the end of the world in general.


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