- (initial capital letter) revelation(def 4).
- any of a class of Jewish or Christian writings that appeared from about 200 b.c. to a.d. 350 and were assumed to make revelations of the ultimate divine purpose.
- a prophetic revelation, especially concerning a cataclysm in which the forces of good permanently triumph over the forces of evil.
- any revelation or prophecy.
- any universal or widespread destruction or disaster: the apocalypse of nuclear war.
Origin of apocalypse
Examples from the Web for apocalypse
Conning people into buying a book to prepare for an "Ebola apocalypse" is not just irresponsible, it's pathetic.The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola
November 20, 2014
In retrospect, 2009 and 2010 were halcyon days in the Middle East, now that we seem just one horseman short of an apocalypse.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
All in all, a good week for learning that people you love aren't really dead and also holding off the apocalypse.Naked Ben Franklin Christens the Campy Return of ‘Sleepy Hollow’
September 23, 2014
Is the Steven Soderbergh version of Apocalypse Now the only thing that can bring you back to film?The Director Isn’t Done Yet: An Interview With Steven Soderbergh
August 1, 2014
And his election would not hasten the Republican apocalypse.Thad Cochran Wins One for Sanity Over Tea Partier Chris McDaniel
June 25, 2014
Now in sober truth there is a magnificent idea in these monsters of the Apocalypse.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Croly, in his new interpretation of the Apocalypse, holds the following language.Fox's Book of Martyrs
It is the prophet's message to his fellow men, the apocalypse of the seer.The Enjoyment of Art
Then comes the purpose of all this apocalypse of Divine magnificence.The Life of David
He beholds there, an Apocalypse of the redemption of the world.Rambles Beyond Railways;
- a prophetic disclosure or revelation
- an event of great importance, violence, etc, like the events described in the Apocalypse
- Bible (in the Vulgate and Douay versions of the Bible) the Book of Revelation
Word Origin and History for apocalypse
late 14c., "revelation, disclosure," from Church Latin apocalypsis "revelation," from Greek apokalyptein "uncover, disclose, reveal," from apo- "from" (see apo-) + kalyptein "to cover, conceal" (see Calypso). The Christian end-of-the-world story is part of the revelation in John of Patmos' book "Apokalypsis" (a title rendered into English as "Apocalypse" c.1230 and "Revelations" by Wyclif c.1380).
Its general sense in Middle English was "insight, vision; hallucination;" meaning "a cataclysmic event" is modern. As agent nouns, apocalypst (1829), apocalypt (1834), and apocalyptist (1835) have been tried.