Etymology
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apocalyptic (adj.)

1660s, "pertaining to the 'Revelation of St. John' in the New Testament," from Greek apokalyptikos, from apokalyptein "uncover, disclose, reveal" (see apocalypse). The original general sense was "prophetic" (1680s); the meaning "pertaining to the imminent end of the world" is attested by 1864. Related: Apocalyptical (1630s).

updated on September 23, 2022

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Definitions of apocalyptic from WordNet

apocalyptic (adj.)
prophetic of devastation or ultimate doom;
Synonyms: apocalyptical / revelatory
apocalyptic (adj.)
of or relating to an apocalypse;
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