from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to an apocalypse.
- adj. Involving or portending widespread devastation or ultimate doom: "now speaks in apocalyptic terms about the probable conflict ahead” ( Financial Times).
- adj. Characterized by usually exaggerated predictions of or allusions to a disastrous outcome: "Stripped of its apocalyptic tone, what this amounts to is an advocacy of teaching names, dates and places by rote” ( Stefan Kanfer).
- adj. Of a revelatory or prophetic nature.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or relating to an apocalypse:
- adj. Portending a future apocalypse (disaster, devastation, or doom).
- n. One who predicts apocalypse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a revelation, or, specifically, to the Revelation of St. John; containing, or of the nature of, a prophetic revelation.
- adj. pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling an apocalypse, in senses 3 or 4.
- n. The writer of the Apocalypse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Containing or pertaining to an apocalypse or revelation; specifically, relating to or simulating the book of Revelation in the New Testament.
- Given to the explanation or application of prophecy.
- n. Same as apocalyptist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. prophetic of devastation or ultimate doom
- adj. of or relating to an apocalypse
The term apocalyptic does come to mind, and that really isn't an overstatement.
People have used the word 'apocalyptic' and this is in no way a throwaway comment.
When the architects of wars definite their goals in apocalyptic terms, "fighting spirit" cannot possibly win them.
The father of two, whose parish has the wide brew of amicable conditions, said his recommendation to people in apocalyptic circumstances is that 'they should not hurt anybody as well as cope as most appropriate they can'.
Post-apocalyptic is good (especially if they can make it as memorable as Fallout 3), writer for Heroes is sending up a red flag.
Those early teens were formative years, because reading A.S. Neill's "The last Man alive", a hilarious book about a teacher and some of his students being the last people on earth, at the age of thirteen woke my interest in apocalyptic SF stuff.
O'Shea: As you point out at your blog, post-apocalyptic is a popular genre.
A Christmas story with a difference: Santa Claus at the end of the Universe, in apocalyptic conflict with entropy.
I look forward to more of your posts, but cannot comment on Ngo except to say that if your points are correct, apocalyptic is an understatement.
One earlier book that might be classified as "post-apocalyptic" is Edgar Rice Burroughs '"The Lost Continent", which I have read.