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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Ancient Greek ἀποκαλυπτικός ("revelatory"), from ἀποκαλύπτειν ("to reveal, uncover"), from ἀπό ("off") + καλύπτειν ("to cover").



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