|1.||New Testament the final battle at the end of the world between the forces of good and evil, God against the kings of the earth (Revelation 16:16)|
|2.||a catastrophic and extremely destructive conflict, esp World War I viewed as this|
|[C19: from Late Latin Armagedōn, from Greek, from Hebrew har megiddōn, mountain district of Megiddo, in N Palestine, site of various battles in the Old Testament]|
In the Book of Revelation, the site of the final and conclusive battle between good and evil, involving “the kings of the Earth and the whole world,” on the “great day of God Almighty.”
Note: Figuratively, “Armageddon” is any great battle or destructive confrontation.
occurs only in Rev. 16:16 (R.V., "Har-Magedon"), as symbolically designating the place where the "battle of that great day of God Almighty" (ver. 14) shall be fought. The word properly means the "mount of Megiddo." It is the scene of the final conflict between Christ and Antichrist. The idea of such a scene was suggested by the Old Testament great battle-field, the plain of Esdraelon (q.v.).