apocalypse

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin apocalypsis, from Ancient Greek ἀποκάλυψις (apokálupsis, revelation), from ἀπό (apó, away) and καλύπτω (kalúptō, I cover).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈpɒkəlɪps/
  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈpɑkəlɪps/
  • Hyphenation: a‧poc‧a‧lypse

Noun[edit]

apocalypse (plural apocalypses)

  1. A revelation. [from 14th c.]
    The early development of Perl 6 was punctuated by a series of apocalypses by Larry Wall.
  2. (Christianity) The unveiling of events prophesied in the Revelation; the second coming and the end of life on Earth; global destruction. [from 19th c.]
  3. A disaster; a cataclysmic event. [from 19th c.]
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 699:
      The Spanish mission in America soon became not so much crusade as apocalypse.

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Noun[edit]

apocalypse

  1. ablative singular of apocalypsis