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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.
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.
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]
(Bible) Bible (in the Vulgate and Douay versions of the Bible) the Book of Revelation
a•poc•a•lypse(əˈpɒk ə lɪps)
1. (cap.) revelation (def. 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.
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]
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|Noun||1.||apocalypse - a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil|
|2.||Apocalypse - 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