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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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Examples from the Web for Ragnarok
Historical Examples
  • But his efforts can avail nothing until the day of Ragnarok.

    Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
  • Nothing, on Ragnarok, ever seemed to give warning before it killed.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • "It's not what we did but what we do that we'll live or die by on Ragnarok," Lake said.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • The environment of Ragnarok had struck at the very young with merciless savagery.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • Let the Gerns know we're waiting for them—make it 'Ragnarok calling' again.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • Always, on Ragnarok, winter was coming or the brown death of summer.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • Ragnarok was a harsh and barren prison, and no amount of desire could ever make it otherwise.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • The savages of Ragnarok have a Gern cruiser—but what can they do with it?

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • There we'll pick up all the Ragnarok men who are neither too old nor too young and go on to Earth.

    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
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
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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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