• WordNet 3.6
    • n Apocalypse 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
    • n apocalypse a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, named in the Bible's Book of Revelation, are Conquest, Slaughter, Famine, and Death.
    • Apocalypse 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. "The new apocalypse of Nature."
    • Apocalypse (Eccl) 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.
    • Apocalypse 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).
    • Apocalypse 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apocalypse 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apocalypse a-pok′al-ips the name of the last book of the New Testament containing the 'revelation' granted to St John: any revelation or disclosure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. apocalypsis, Gr. , fr. to uncover, to disclose; from + to cover, conceal: cf. F. apocalypse,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.; a revelation, an uncovering—apo, from, kalypt-ein, to cover.


In literature:

Examine your synoptic gospels, your Gospel of St. John, your Apocalypse, in the light of these.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The sun, pale in the midst of a strange sickly transparence, lighted up this outline of the Apocalypse.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Two manuscripts of the New Testament, with the Apocalypse.
"Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon
Reputed author of Gospel of St. John, the Epistles of John and the Apocalypse.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
As I look on at these effects of nature my soul seems to go out in a great apocalypse of melody.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
Later Jewish and Christian writers of Apocalypses saw in Nero the tyrant of the end of time.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
Apocalypse, comments on, ii.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
"Notes and Queries, Number 229, March 18, 1854" by Various
I'd better get uptown if I expect to have any female companionship for the apocalypse.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
Nardini supplied the figures, representing the mysteries of the Apocalypse and other scriptural events.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi

In poetry:

Forever flowing cool hot hearts and lips
Of eager men, until
They feel the half of God's apocalypse.
The skill
"God Wrapt Him" by Alexander Anderson
Steadily burned all night the tapers,
And the White Christ through the vapors
Gleamed across the Fiord of Salten,
As through John's Apocalypse,--
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XI. -- Bishop Sigurd At " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"That song of Love, now low and far,
Erelong shall swell from star to star!
That light, the breaking day, which tips
The golden-spired Apocalypse!"
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The sun plays tennis in the court of Geneva
With the guts of a Finn and the head of an Emperor.
The sun plays squash in a tomb of marble,
The horses of Apocalypse are in his stable.
"Far-Darting Apollo" by Kathleen Raine
No temple there, for boundless heaven
Shall be a temple; not a prayer
Shall by the trembling lips be given,
For all shall be devotion there;
All day, no darkness, no eclipse
In that divine apocalypse.
"The Divine Apocalypse" by John Bowring
Or soon or slow, th'apocalypse
Of needs than earth more wide;
Or soon or slow, in some eclipse
Of pleasure, passion, pride:
Or soon or slow, it cometh sad and sure
To say, 'Naught can below suffice thee, naught endure.'
"The Meditation Of Isaac" by Samuel John Stone

In news:

This was the true face of apocalypse.
Francis Ford Coppola's films "Apocalypse Now," the director's cut "Apocalypse Now Redux," "One From the Heart," "The Conversation" and "Tetro" are collected in one Blu-ray boxed set.
Best comfort food to eat before the Mayan apocalypse.
"The Last Policeman": Novel Weighs How New Hampshire Would Handle A Coming Apocalypse.
Francis Ford Coppola 's films "Apocalypse Now," the director's cut "Apocalypse Now Redux," "One From the Heart," "The Conversation" and "Tetro" are collected in one Blu-ray boxed set.
A still from "Heart of Coppola " showing director Francis Ford Coppola during the shooting of Apocalypse Now.
It won't stay dead: HALO Corporation responds to 'zombie apocalypse' story.
Where exactly to you plan to hunker down 8 days from now, when the apocalypse is on the horizon.
If you have no idea what hamsters have to do with living through the zombie apocalypse, see yesterday's post.
Now we'll go over ways to help kids cope with the apocalypse, and not die of boredom when you're holed up in you house for weeks at a time.
Sure, a couple of years ago my teenage sons started casually dropping the words "zombie apocalypse" around the house.
Mock 'zombie apocalypse' on Halloween part of counterterrorism summit's training.
The apocalypse will be televised.
If we can just find a way to link today to the Book of Revelations, we've got the Apocalypse Trifecta.
The Zombie Apocalypse Go To Guy.