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the place where the final battle will be fought between the forces of good and evil (probably so called in reference to the battlefield of Megiddo. Rev. 16:16).
the last and completely destructive battle:
The arms race can lead to Armageddon.
any great and crucial conflict.
Contemporary Examples

Now Schwarzenegger has reached Armageddon again—a budget and political apocalypse—and another Arnold career may be over.
Arnold’s Hollywood Problem Joe Mathews May 19, 2009

As the Anti-Defamation League notes, this narrative entails “the annihilation of Jews…who refuse to convert at Armageddon.”
The Pro-Israel Lobby: Narratives, Not Money Adam Simpson May 1, 2013

I took the warning seriously, and the word “Armageddon” appeared in a huge headline over my story.
Arnold’s Hollywood Problem Joe Mathews May 19, 2009

They were plotting to kill King in hopes of bringing about Armageddon, the authors say.
Did the Klan Kill MLK? A New Book Argues Wide Conspiracy R.M. Schneiderman April 3, 2012

And still today Armageddon, is still one of the most shown movies on cable TV.
Just Kidding: Michael Bay Isn’t Sorry for ‘Armageddon’ Kevin Fallon April 22, 2013

Historical Examples

On that solitary string hangs everything from Armageddon to an almanac, from a successful revolution to a return ticket.
New York Times, Current History, Vol 1, Issue 1 Various

He who is not faithful in a skirmish would not be faithful in an Armageddon.
The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage

Is there to be literally the great battle of Armageddon in the world before the incoming of a better age?
Continental Monthly , Vol V. Issue III. March, 1864 Various

I think he would not quit the board if Armageddon were towards.
The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy

The victory of Armageddon is obtained by virtue of the victory of Calvary.
Sermons of Christmas Evans Joseph Cross

(New Testament) the final battle at the end of the world between the forces of good and evil, God against the kings of the earth (Revelation 16:16)
a catastrophic and extremely destructive conflict, esp World War I viewed as this

“a final conflict,” 1811, figurative use of name in Rev. xvi:16, place of the great and final conflict, from Hebrew Har Megiddon “Mount of Megiddo,” city in central Palestine, site of important Israeli battles.
Armageddon [(ahr-muh-ged-n)]

In the Book of Revelation, the site of the final and conclusive battle between good and evil, involving “the kings of the Earth and the whole world,” on the “great day of God Almighty.”

Note: Figuratively, “Armageddon” is any great battle or destructive confrontation.

occurs only in Rev. 16:16 (R.V., “Har-Magedon”), as symbolically designating the place where the “battle of that great day of God Almighty” (ver. 14) shall be fought. The word properly means the “mount of Megiddo.” It is the scene of the final conflict between Christ and Antichrist. The idea of such a scene was suggested by the Old Testament great battle-field, the plain of Esdraelon (q.v.).


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