Apocalypse is a word that means "the end of the world" — or something so destructive it seems like the world has ended in a place, like a major earthquake.

The apocalypse is the total destruction of the world, as prophesied in the biblical book of Revelation. Apocalypse can be used to describe utter destruction caused by war or natural disaster. The nuclear bomb attack on Hiroshima during World War II can be called an apocalypse because the devastation was so severe and so many lives were lost.

Definitions of apocalypse

n a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil

Type of:
calamity, cataclysm, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy
an event resulting in great loss and misfortune

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