- of or like an apocalypse; affording a revelation or prophecy.
- pertaining to the Apocalypse or biblical book of Revelation.
- predicting or presaging imminent disaster and total or universal destruction: the apocalyptic vision of some contemporary writers.
- outstanding in revelation, prophecy, or significance
- of or like an apocalypse
1660s, “pertaining to the ‘Revelation of St. John’ in the New Testament,” from Greek apokalyptikos, from apokalyptein (see apocalypse). Meaning “pertaining to the imminent end of the world” evolved by 1880s.