Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Bible In the book of Revelation, the place of the gathering of armies for the final battle before the end of the world.
  • noun The battle involving these armies.
  • noun A decisive or catastrophic conflict.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun the final, decisive battle between the forces of good and evil, as foretold in the Apocolypse of Saint John. Also, the site of that battle. Used metaphorically for a vast and decisive conflict, attended by cataclysmic destruction.

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  • proper noun Christianity, Islam The site of a prophesied final battle between the forces of good and evil.
  • proper noun The scene of a decisive conflict on a great scale.
  • proper noun Any great and crucial conflict.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any catastrophically destructive battle
  • noun (New Testament) the scene of the final battle between the kings of the Earth at the end of the world

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Late Latin Armagedōn, from Greek, from Hebrew har məgiddô, the mountain region of Megiddo : har, mountain; see hrr in Semitic roots + məgiddô, Megiddo.

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From Hebrew הר מגידו (har megiddo), used in Revelation 16:16, referring to Mount Megiddo, the place of the last battle at the Last Judgment.

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