[ uh-pok-uh-lip-tik ]
/ əˌpɒk əˈlɪp tɪk /


of or like an apocalypse; affording a revelation or prophecy.
pertaining to the Apocalypse or biblical book of Revelation.
predicting or presaging imminent disaster and total or universal destruction: the apocalyptic vision of some contemporary writers.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM apocalyptic

a·poc·a·lyp·ti·cal·ly, adverbpost·a·poc·a·lyp·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for apocalyptic

/ (əˌpɒkəˈlɪptɪk) /


outstanding in revelation, prophecy, or significance
of or like an apocalypse

Derived forms of apocalyptic

apocalyptically, adverb
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