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In Norse mythology, the apocalyptic battle that the gods will fight against the giants before the world perishes in flame and is created anew.
[Old Icelandic Ragnarökkr, Ragnarök : ragna, genitive pl. of regin, the gods (pl.) + rökr, rökkr, twilight or rök, reason, origin, marvel (perhaps originally "twilight of the dawn, rebirth" ); both akin to Old Icelandic rökva, rökkva, to grow dark, and Greek Erebos, Erebus.]
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(Norse Myth & Legend) Norse myth the ultimate destruction of the gods in a cataclysmic battle with evil, out of which a new order will arise. German equivalent: Götterdämmerung
[Old Norse ragnarökkr, from regin the gods + rökkr twilight]
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(in Norse myth) the destruction of the gods and of humankind in a final battle between the Aesir and their enemies.
[1760–70; < Old Norse Ragnarǫk=ragna, genitive of regin gods + rǫk fate, misread by some as Ragnarökkr literally, twilight of the gods]
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|Noun||1.||Ragnarok - myth about the ultimate destruction of the gods in a battle with evil|
myth - a traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people
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