Definition of Apocalypse

1. Noun. A cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil.

Generic synonyms: Calamity, Cataclysm, Catastrophe, Disaster, Tragedy
Derivative terms: Apocalyptic, Apocalyptical

2. Noun. The last book of the New Testament; contains visionary descriptions of heaven and of conflicts between good and evil and of the end of the world; attributed to Saint John the Apostle.
Exact synonyms: Book Of Revelation, Revelation, Revelation Of Saint John The Divine
Examples of category: Four Horsemen
Generic synonyms: Book
Group relationships: New Testament
Derivative terms: Apocalyptic, Reveal

Definition of Apocalypse

1. n. The revelation delivered to St. John, in the isle of Patmos, near the close of the first century, forming the last book of the New Testament.

2. n. One of a numerous class of writings proceeding from Jewish authors between 250 b. c. and 150 a. d., and designed to propagate the Jewish faith or to cheer the hearts of the Jewish people with the promise of deliverance and glory; or proceeding from Christian authors of the opening centuries and designed to portray the future.

Definition of Apocalypse

1. Proper noun. (countable biblical) The written account of a revelation of hidden things given by God to a chosen prophet. ¹

2. Noun. A revelation. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

3. Noun. (Christianity) The events prophesied in the Revelation of John; the second coming and the end of life on Earth; global destruction. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

4. Noun. A disaster; a cataclysmic event. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

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Definition of Apocalypse

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Apocalypse

Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera adansonii
Apis mellifera scutellata
Apium graveolens
Apium graveolens dulce
Apium graveolens rapaceum
Aplectrum hyemale
Aplodontia rufa
Aplysia punctata
Apocynum androsaemifolium
Apocynum cannabinum
Apocynum pumilum
Apodemus sylvaticus

Literary usage of Apocalypse

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"In St. John Chrysostom's ample expositions of the Scriptures there is not a single clear trace of the apocalypse, while he seems to implicitly exclude the ..."

2. An Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures by Thomas Hartwell Horne (1841)
"(p. of Matthaei), writ- >«rtly on paper and partly on vellum in the twelfth ry, contains the apocalypse and some lives of the ». ..."

3. The New Englander by William Lathrop Kingsley (1879)
"Thus, while his maintained that the apocalypse originated as a revelation, ... The examination of the doctrine of the apocalypse is in three parts. ..."

4. New Englander and Yale Review by Edward Royall Tyler, William Lathrop Kingsley, George Park Fisher, Timothy Dwight (1879)
"Thus, while it is maintained that the apocalypse originated as a revelation, ... The examination of the doctrine of the apocalypse is in three parts. ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"In support of the supposition that the apocalypse •was written before August ... The apocalypse is cognizant of the flight of the Jewish Christians into the ..."

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