Definition of apocalyptic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˌpɒkəˈlɪptɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˌpɑːkəˈlɪptɪk//
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  1. 1describing very serious damage and destruction in past or future events an apocalyptic view of history apocalyptic warnings of the end of society
  2. 2like the end of the world an apocalyptic scene
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent. (as a noun denoting St. John, the writer of the Apocalypse, the book of Revelation in the Bible): from Greek apokaluptikos, from apokaluptein ‘uncover’, from apo- ‘un-’ + kaluptein ‘to cover’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: apocalyptic