Apocalyptic



of or like an ; affording a revelation or prophecy.
pertaining to the or biblical book of Revelation.
predicting or presaging imminent disaster and total or universal destruction:
the apocalyptic vision of some contemporary writers.
Contemporary Examples

So far probably the best would be a class in apocalyptic literature.
Junot Díaz: How I Write Noah Charney August 20, 2013

Fineman enumerates “15 Reasons Why American Politics Has Become An apocalyptic Mess,” each summarized in just one paragraph.
Why Money Is the Root of All That’s Wrong With Washington Lawrence Lessig October 20, 2013

At DoD he ran around with his hair practically on fire denouncing cuts to the defense budget in out-sized, apocalyptic terms.
Leon Panetta Is What’s Wrong With D.C. Michael Cohen October 7, 2014

Armies of Heaven A historian vividly examines the apocalyptic First Crusade.
This Week’s Hot Reads: December 18, 2011 Josh Dzieza December 18, 2011

We’ve spent the past six years dropping apocalyptic after apocalyptic warning.
Say No (For Now) to the Ryan Budget 3.0 Justin Green March 12, 2013

Historical Examples

Way was thoroughly imbued with the apocalyptic belief in the approaching redemption of Israel under the gis of Christianity.
History of the Jews in Russia and Poland, Volume I (of 3) S. M. Dubnow

The work of Art is apocalyptic of the artist’s own personality.
Introduction to Robert Browning Hiram Corson

Like the new name written upon the apocalyptic stone, ‘No one knoweth but he that receiveth it.’
Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren

It has not the prolixity which is so common a fault of apocalyptic commentators.
A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II) Augustus De Morgan

What Hellenism and apocalyptic had to give went to Christianity, so far as it survived at all.
Pharisaism, Its Aim And Its Method R. Travers Herford

adjective
outstanding in revelation, prophecy, or significance
of or like an apocalypse
adj.

1660s, “pertaining to the ‘Revelation of St. John’ in the New Testament,” from Greek apokalyptikos, from apokalyptein (see apocalypse). Meaning “pertaining to the imminent end of the world” evolved by 1880s.

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  • Apocalyptical

    of or like an ; affording a revelation or prophecy. pertaining to the or biblical book of Revelation. predicting or presaging imminent disaster and total or universal destruction: the apocalyptic vision of some contemporary writers. Historical Examples Hildegarde replied in an obscure, apocalyptical language: “In the mysteries of the true wisdom have I seen and […]

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  • Apocalypticism

    any doctrine concerning the end of the temporal world, especially one based on the supposed prophetic passages in the Revelation of St. John the Divine. the millennial doctrine of the Second Advent and personal reign of Jesus Christ on earth.

  • Apocalyptist

    a writer of literature. a person who adheres to the teachings of literature concerning the signs and events preceding the end of the world. a person who holds to any teachings that predict a catastrophic end to the world.



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