from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Bible The Book of Revelation.
- n. Any of a number of anonymous Jewish or Christian texts from around the second century B.C. to the second century A.D. containing prophetic or symbolic visions, especially of the imminent destruction of the world and the salvation of the righteous.
- n. Great or total devastation; doom: the apocalypse of nuclear war.
- n. A prophetic disclosure; a revelation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a numerous class of writings proceeding from Jewish authors between 250 b. c. and 150 a. d., and designed to propagate the Jewish faith or to cheer the hearts of the Jewish people with the promise of deliverance and glory; or proceeding from Christian authors of the opening centuries and designed to portray the future.
- n. Specifically, the revelation delivered to St. John, in the isle of Patmos, near the close of the first century, forming the last book of the New Testament (called Revelation or the Apocalypse).
- n. Anything viewed as a revelation, especially one that is highly significant for the person receiving it; a disclosure. Often used of a realization or revelation that changes a person's goals or style of life.
- n. the final battle between good and evil, as foreseen in Saint John's Apocalypse; the time when God conquers the powers of evil, attended by cataclysmic cosmic events, and sometimes thought of as the end of the world; an Armageddon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Revelation; discovery; disclosure; specifically (with a capital letter), a title of the last book of the New Testament, usually called the book of Revelation, and in the English version the Revelation of St. John the Divine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil
- n. the last book of the New Testament; contains visionary descriptions of heaven and of conflicts between good and evil and of the end of the world; attributed to Saint John the Apostle
The word "apocalypse" comes from the Greek word for "to uncover" or "reveal," and Conor Horgan's One Hundred Mornings, in some respects, simply lifts the lid off our petroleum-based, strung-out-on-technology culture to show us what's left when we strip away the lights and the cars and the iGadgets.
These days the apocalypse is a profitable business.
It scared me, and it takes things like "the world's going to end" or "the apocalypse is approaching" to scare me.
I think the apocalypse is a burden that the cultures of religion, nuclear war and physics (the Big Bang implies an ending, and we find it hard to think about what may be the case, no start and no end) all unconsciously participated in creating.
Perhaps because of antics such as these, and Woodrow and Aiden's fascinations, the word "apocalypse" has been thrown around in connection with the film.
The translation of the Greek word apocalypse has produced the better known English equivalent - "revelation."
Intrigued, I typed in "apocalypse" and found the following:
It’s crucial to have an understanding of the word apocalypse in order to grasp the level of conflict that occurs here.
Writing some story of a global warming end-of-world apocalypse is about as taboo as writing a story mocking and deriding the USA's most recent ex-president ie it is not taboo, it is anything but taboo, since it is consensus opinion - safe, conventional, easy and dare I say it lazy.
They are ready and feel that this apocalypse is on the verge of commencement.