apocalypse

apocalypse

[uh-pok-uh-lips]
noun
1.
(initial capital letter) revelation ( def 4 ).
2.
any of a class of Jewish or Christian writings that appeared from about 200 b.c. to a.d. 350 and were assumed to make revelations of the ultimate divine purpose.
3.
a prophetic revelation, especially concerning a cataclysm in which the forces of good permanently triumph over the forces of evil.
4.
any revelation or prophecy.
5.
any universal or widespread destruction or disaster: the apocalypse of nuclear war.

Origin:
1125–75; Middle English < Late Latin apocalypsis < Greek apokálypsis revelation, equivalent to apokalýp(tein) to uncover, reveal (apo- apo- + kalýptein to cover, conceal) + -sis -sis

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apocalypse (əˈpɒkəlɪps)
 
n
1.  a prophetic disclosure or revelation
2.  an event of great importance, violence, etc, like the events described in the Apocalypse
 
[C13: from Late Latin apocalypsis, from Greek apokalupsis, from apokaluptein to disclose, from apo- + kaluptein to hide]

Apocalypse (əˈpɒkəlɪps)
 
n
Bible (in the Vulgate and Douay versions of the Bible) the Book of Revelation

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apocalypse
late 14c., "revelation, disclosure," from Church L. apocalypsis "revelation," from Gk. apokalyptein "uncover," from apo- "from" (see apo-) + kalyptein "to cover, conceal" (see Calypso). The Christian end-of-the-world story is part of the revelation
in John of Patmos' book "Apokalypsis" (a title rendered into Eng. as "Apocalypse" c.1230 and "Revelations" by Wyclif c.1380).
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Apocalypse [(uh-pok-uh-lips)]

Another name for the New Testament Book of Revelation; from the Greek word for “revelation.”

Note: An “apocalypse” is a final catastrophe.
Note: The Apocalypse is supposed to come at the end of the world or of time.
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Apocalypse definition


the Greek name of the Book of Revelation (q.v.).

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