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[rahg-nuh-rok] /ˈrɑg nəˌrɒk/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology.
the destruction of the gods and of all things in a final battle with the evil powers.
Also, Ragnarök
[rahg-nuh-rok, -rœk] /ˈrɑg nəˌrɒk, -ˌrœk/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Ragnarok
1760-70; < Old Norse Ragnarǫk, equivalent to ragna, genitive of regin gods + rǫk fate, misread by some as Ragnarökkr literally, twilight of the gods; compare Götterdämmerung Unabridged
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  • For a few fleeting hours that day, for the first and last time on Ragnarok, there was the magic of an Earth Christmas.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • But his efforts can avail nothing until the day of Ragnarok.

    Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
  • When summer came the blue star would be a sun as hot as the yellow sun and Ragnarok would be between them.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • When the brief discussion of plans was finished he asked, "How much do you know about Ragnarok?"

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • Day of the Battle, Ragnarok, when the spirits of dead warriors should join in the battle of the gods.

  • Within two minutes all human life on Ragnarok would be gone.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • The grove where the two human beings, Lif and Lifthraser, were preserved during Ragnarok.

  • There would have to be a way of leaving Ragnarok and there would have to be weapons with which to fight the Gerns.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • For Ragnarok is past, and the tree of life still reaches into the stars.

    Hunters Out of Space Joseph Everidge Kelleam
  • The Gerns would have to be brought to Ragnarok before that could happen.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
British Dictionary definitions for Ragnarok


(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
Word Origin
Old Norse ragnarökkr, from regin the gods + rökkr twilight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Ragnarok

in Norse mythology, the last battle of the world, in which gods and men will be destroyed by monsters and darkness, 1770, from Old Norse ragna, genitive of rögn "gods" + rök "destined end" or rökr "twilight." Cf. Gotterdammerung.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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