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apocalyptic

[uh-pok-uh-lip-tik] /əˌpɒk əˈlɪp tɪk/
adjective
1.
of or like an apocalypse; affording a revelation or prophecy.
2.
pertaining to the Apocalypse or biblical book of Revelation.
3.
predicting or presaging imminent disaster and total or universal destruction:
the apocalyptic vision of some contemporary writers.
Also, apocalyptical.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Late Greek apokalýptikos, equivalent to apokalýpt(ein) to uncover, disclose (see apocalypse) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
apocalyptically, adverb
postapocalyptic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for apocalyptical

apocalyptic

/əˌpɒkəˈlɪptɪk/
adjective
1.
outstanding in revelation, prophecy, or significance
2.
of or like an apocalypse
Derived Forms
apocalyptically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for apocalyptical

apocalyptic

adj.

1660s, "pertaining to the 'Revelation of St. John' in the New Testament," from Greek apokalyptikos, from apokalyptein (see apocalypse). Meaning "pertaining to the imminent end of the world" evolved by 1880s.

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