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apocalypse (noun) – 1. (a) Apocalypse Abbr. Apoc. Bible The Book of Revelation.
(b) Any of a number of anonymous Jewish or Christian texts from around the second century BC to the second century AD containing prophetic or symbolic visions, especially of the imminent destruction of the world and the salvation of the righteous.
2. (a) The end of the world, especially as described in one of these texts.
(b) A great catastrophe that results in widespread destruction or the collapse of civilization.
3. A prophetic disclosure; a revelation.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Late 14th century, “revelation, disclosure,” from Church Latin apocalypsis “revelation,” from Greek apokalyptein “uncover, disclose, reveal,” from apo “off, away from” + kalyptein “to cover, conceal,” from PIE root *kel- “to cover, conceal, save.” The Christian end-of-the-world story is part of the revelation in John of Patmos’ book “Apokalypsis” (a title rendered into English as pocalipsis circa 1050, “Apocalypse” circa 1230, and “Revelations” by Wyclif circa 1380).

Its general sense in Middle English was “insight, vision; hallucination.” The meaning “a cataclysmic event” is modern (not in OED 2nd ed., 1989); apocalypticism “belief in an imminent end of the present world” is from 1858. As agent nouns, “author or interpreter of the ‘Apocalypse,'” apocalypst (1829), apocalypt (1834), and apocalyptist (1824) have been tried.


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