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a·poc·a·lypse

 (ə-pŏk′ə-lĭps′)
n.
1.
a. Apocalypse Abbr. Apoc. Bible The Book of Revelation.
b. Any of a number of anonymous Jewish or Christian texts from around the second century bc to the second century ad containing prophetic or symbolic visions, especially of the imminent destruction of the world and the salvation of the righteous.
2.
a. The end of the world, especially as described in one of these texts.
b. A great catastrophe that results in widespread destruction or the collapse of civilization: "The United States was calling in air strikes and heavy armor until we had the feeling that the whole thing was going to end in apocalypse" (Phillip Robertson).
3. A prophetic disclosure; a revelation.

[Middle English Apocalipse, from Late Latin Apocalypsis, from Greek apokalupsis, revelation, Apocalypse, from apokaluptein, to uncover : apo-, apo- + kaluptein, to cover; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]

apocalypse

(əˈpɒkəlɪps)
n
1. a prophetic disclosure or revelation
2. an event of great importance, violence, etc, like the events described in the Apocalypse
[C13: from Late Latin apocalypsis, from Greek apokalupsis, from apokaluptein to disclose, from apo- + kaluptein to hide]

Apocalypse

(əˈpɒkəlɪps)
n
(Bible) Bible (in the Vulgate and Douay versions of the Bible) the Book of Revelation

a•poc•a•lypse

(əˈpɒk ə lɪps)

n.
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.
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.
[1125–75; < Late Latin apocalypsis < Greek apokálypsis revelation, derivative of apokalýptein to uncover, reveal =apo- apo- + kalýptein to cover, conceal]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apocalypse - a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evilapocalypse - a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil
calamity, catastrophe, tragedy, disaster, cataclysm - an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
2.apocalypse - the last book of the New TestamentApocalypse - 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
Four Horsemen - (New Testament) the four evils that will come at the end of the world: conquest rides a white horse; war a red horse; famine a black horse; plague a pale horse
New Testament - the collection of books of the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline and other epistles, and Revelation; composed soon after Christ's death; the second half of the Christian Bible

apocalypse

noun destruction, holocaust, havoc, devastation, carnage, conflagration, cataclysm We live in the shadow of the apocalypse.

Four horsemen of the Apocalypse

white - Christ, red - War, black - Famine, pale - Death

apocalypse

noun
Something disclosed, especially something not previously known or realized:
Informal: eye opener.
Translations
Apokalipsa
apokalipszis
apokalipsa

Apocalypse

[əˈpɒkəlɪps] NApocalipsis m

apocalypse

[əˈpɒkəlɪps] napocalypse f
the Apocalypse (BIBLE)l'Apocalypse

Apocalypse

nApokalypse f

apocalypse

[əˈpɒkəlɪps] napocalisse f
References in classic literature ?
You speak like the Apocalypse, and you are as true as the Gospel.
Really, my dear Gondy," said the duchess, "you remind one of the Apocalypse.
This fever or madness had reached such a degree of intensity that the external world was no longer anything more for the unhappy man than a sort of Apocalypse,- visible, palpable, terrible.
I tried to soothe her by reading the Apocalypse aloud.
In chapter 13, verse 18, of the Apocalypse, it is said:
How, or by what means, he was connected with the great event foretold in the Apocalypse he did not know, but he did not doubt that connection for a moment.
Tyke: such sermons would be of no use at Lowick--I mean, about imputed righteousness and the prophecies in the Apocalypse.
Filled with amazement and terror by this apparition of a horseman in the sky-half believing himself the chosen scribe of some new apocalypse, the officer was overcome by the intensity of his emotions; his legs failed him and he fell.
I mean that the great devil of the universe may be sitting on the top tower of this castle at this moment, as big as a hundred elephants, and roaring like the Apocalypse.
Anticipating the coming apocalypse, Hieronimus constructed the refuge deep beneath his home, somewhere in the vicinity of Baltimore.
Such an apocalypse may well be our only road to necessary reform of the health care system, since all the major players and forces are currently deadlocked.
As a metanarrative, Keller asserts, apocalypse has taken hold of us whether or not we locate ourselves in communities with biblical traditions.