- apocalyptic (adj.) 1660s, "pertaining to the 'Revelation of St. John' in the New Testament," from Gk. apokalyptikos, from apokalyptein (see APOCALYPSE (Cf. apocalypse)). Meaning "pertaining to the imminent end of the world" evolved by 1880s.
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Apocalyptic — A*poc a*lyp tic, Apocalyptical A*poc a*lyp tic*al, a. [Gr. ?.] 1. Of or pertaining to a revelation, or, specifically, to the Revelation of St. John; containing, or of the nature of, a prophetic revelation. [1913 Webster] 2. pertaining to,… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Apocalyptic — A*poc a*lyp tic ([.a]*p[o^]k [.a]*l[i^]p t[i^]k), Apocalyptist A*poc a*lyp tist, n. The writer of the Apocalypse. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
apocalyptic — see under REVELATION Analogous words: visionary, imaginary, chimerical, quixotic: *mysterious, arcane, inscrutable: mystic, *mystical, anagogic: grandiose, magnificent, august, *grand … New Dictionary of Synonyms
apocalyptic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ resembling the end of the world in being momentous or catastrophic. DERIVATIVES apocalyptically adverb … English terms dictionary
apocalyptic — [ə päk′əlip′tik] adj. 1. of or like an apocalypse 2. of or relating to a sudden and violent end of the world 3. of or constituting a culminating or decisive event, turning point, etc., esp. one that is unsettling or threatening: Also… … English World dictionary
apocalyptic — A modern term which summarises the OT hope of a future salvation at the end of the current experience of national humiliation and suffering. Apocalyptic thought therefore takes the form of eschatological [[➝ eschatology]] literature and is… … Dictionary of the Bible
apocalyptic — [[t]əpɒ̱kəlɪ̱ptɪk[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Apocalyptic means relating to the total destruction of something, especially of the world. A young Mongolian journalist saw the news from Moscow in apocalyptic terms. 2) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Apocalyptic… … English dictionary
apocalyptic — a|poc|a|lyp|tic [əˌpɔkəˈlıptık US əˌpa: ] adj 1.) warning people about terrible events that will happen in the future ▪ The novel presents us with an apocalyptic vision of the future 2.) connected with the final destruction and end of the world,… … Dictionary of contemporary English
apocalyptic — also apocalyptical adjective Date: 1663 1. of, relating to, or resembling an apocalypse 2. forecasting the ultimate destiny of the world ; prophetic 3. foreboding imminent disaster or final doom ; … New Collegiate Dictionary
apocalyptic — apocalyptically, adv. /euh pok euh lip tik/, adj. 1. of or like an apocalypse; affording a revelation or prophecy. 2. pertaining to the Apocalypse or biblical book of Revelation. 3. predicting or presaging imminent disaster and total or universal … Universalium