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apocalyptic

[uh-pok-uh-lip-tik]
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adjective
  1. of or like an apocalypse; affording a revelation or prophecy.
  2. pertaining to the Apocalypse or biblical book of Revelation.
  3. predicting or presaging imminent disaster and total or universal destruction: the apocalyptic vision of some contemporary writers.
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Also a·poc·a·lyp·ti·cal.

Origin of apocalyptic

1620–30; < Late Greek apokalýptikos, equivalent to apokalýpt(ein) to uncover, disclose (see apocalypse) + -ikos -ic
Related formsa·poc·a·lyp·ti·cal·ly, adverbpost·a·poc·a·lyp·tic, adjective
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prophetic, ominous, oracular, predictive, revealing

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British Dictionary definitions for apocalyptic

apocalyptic

adjective
  1. outstanding in revelation, prophecy, or significance
  2. of or like an apocalypse
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Derived Formsapocalyptically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for apocalyptic

adj.

1660s, "pertaining to the 'Revelation of St. John' in the New Testament," from Greek apokalyptikos, from apokalyptein (see apocalypse). Meaning "pertaining to the imminent end of the world" evolved by 1880s.

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