noun Scandinavian Mythology.

the destruction of the gods and of all things in a final battle with the evil powers.

Also Rag·na·rök [rahg-nuh-rok, -rœk] /ˈrɑg nəˌrɒk, -ˌrœk/.

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
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Historical Examples of ragnarok

  • As for the long tale that they tell of Ragnarok, that is the wars of the Trojans.

  • The commander, already sick from an acceleration that would have been negligible to Ragnarok men, had no choice.

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

  • The Gerns would have to be brought to Ragnarok before that could happen.

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  • Never, never let them forget how they came to be on Ragnarok.

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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 ariseGerman equivalent: Götterdämmerung

Word Origin for Ragnarök

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.

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