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Definition of "apocalypse" []

  • Bible The Book of Revelation. (noun)
  • Any of a number of anonymous Jewish or Christian texts from around the second century B.C. to the second century A.D. containing prophetic or symbolic visions, especially of the imminent destruction of the world and the salvation of the righteous. (noun)
  • Great or total devastation; doom: the apocalypse of nuclear war. (noun)
  • A prophetic disclosure; a revelation. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "apocalypse" in a sentence
  • "The word "apocalypse" comes from the Greek word for "to uncover" or "reveal," and Conor Horgan's One Hundred Mornings, in some respects, simply lifts the lid off our petroleum-based, strung-out-on-technology culture to show us what's left when we strip away the lights and the cars and the iGadgets."
  • "These days the apocalypse is a profitable business."
  • "It scared me, and it takes things like "the world's going to end" or "the apocalypse is approaching" to scare me."