Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1887) by Victor Vasnetsov

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the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse pl

  1. (biblical) Four beings in Revelation 6:1–8 that bring about the Apocalypse, each riding a different-colored horse representing a different aspect of the Apocalypse.
  2. (idiomatic) Harbingers of doom; several signs which combine to imply the imminence of literal or figurative destruction.
    • 2008, Shayna M. Steinfeld, Bruce R. Steinfeld, The family lawyer's guide to bankruptcy: forms, tips, and strategies, page iii:
      Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,... Here and now those dread specters are: Divorce, Illness, Unemployment and Overspending. These are now the harbingers of economic doom []
    • 2006, Ronald Brian Adler, Lawrence B. Rosenfeld, Russell F. Proctor, Interplay: the process of interpersonal communication, page 305:
      [One authority] has identified four types of communication, which he calls the "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," that are signs of a marriage having problems []

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