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Armageddon

[ahr-muh-ged-n] /ˌɑr məˈgɛd n/
noun
1.
the place where the final battle will be fought between the forces of good and evil (probably so called in reference to the battlefield of Megiddo. Rev. 16:16).
2.
the last and completely destructive battle:
The arms race can lead to Armageddon.
3.
any great and crucial conflict.
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  • He who is not faithful in a skirmish would not be faithful in an Armageddon.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • And thus they make the run on the bank, gathering about it like the hosts of Armageddon.

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  • I think he would not quit the board if Armageddon were towards.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • If he is not turned out of office, that is how he will appear on the Day of Armageddon.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
  • The consummation of all things is to be reached as the result of the field of Armageddon.

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British Dictionary definitions for Armageddon

Armageddon

/ˌɑːməˈɡɛdən/
noun
1.
(New Testament) the final battle at the end of the world between the forces of good and evil, God against the kings of the earth (Revelation 16:16)
2.
a catastrophic and extremely destructive conflict, esp World War I viewed as this
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin Armagedōn, from Greek, from Hebrew har megiddōn, mountain district of Megiddo, in N Palestine, site of various battles in the Old Testament
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Word Origin and History for Armageddon
n.

"a final conflict," 1811, figurative use of name in Rev. xvi:16, place of the great and final conflict, from Hebrew Har Megiddon "Mount of Megiddo," city in central Palestine, site of important Israeli battles.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Armageddon in Culture
Armageddon [(ahr-muh-ged-n)]

In the Book of Revelation, the site of the final and conclusive battle between good and evil, involving “the kings of the Earth and the whole world,” on the “great day of God Almighty.”

Note: Figuratively, “Armageddon” is any great battle or destructive confrontation.
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