Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

[ fawr hawrs-muhn uhv thee uh-pok-uh-lips ]
/ ˈfɔr ˈhɔrs mən ʌv ði əˈpɒk ə lɪps /


four riders on white, red, black, and pale horses symbolizing pestilence, war, famine, and death, respectively. Revelation 6:2–8.
Also called Four Horse·men. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Culture definitions for four horsemen

Four Horsemen

Four figures in the Book of Revelation who symbolize the evils to come at the end of the world. The figure representing conquest rides a white horse; war, a red horse; famine, a black horse; and plague, a pale horse. They are often called the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

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