apocalypse: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (u-pok'u-lips), [key]
— n.
  1. (cap.) 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, esp. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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