- The envisaged result of a nuclear war or nuclear accident, especially one involving widespread destruction of life and the environment.
- Armageddon, apocalypse, catastrophe, disaster, end of the world, mutual assured destruction, World War III
widespread catastrophe due to nuclear war or accident
- ^ New Shorter Oxford Dictionary, January 1997, Electronic Version 1.0.03.
- Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, By Paul Brians, Professor of English, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington