前缀apo-, 离开，非。-calypse, 隐藏，同词根kel，隐藏，见cell, hole. 宗教用语，指揭露，描述世界末日的景象。
- apocalypse:  A ‘catastrophic event, such as the end of the world’ is a relatively recent, 20thcentury development in the meaning of apocalypse. Originally it was an alternative name for the book of the Bible known as the ‘Revelation of St. John the divine’, which describes a vision of the future granted to St John on the island of Patmos. And in fact, the underlying etymological meaning of apocalypse is literally ‘revelation’.
It comes, via Old French and ecclesiastical Latin, from Greek apokálupsis, a derivative of the verb apokalúptein ‘uncover, reveal’, which was formed from the prefix apo- ‘away, off’ and the verb kalúptein ‘cover’ (related to English conceal).
- apocalypse (n.)
- late 14c., "revelation, disclosure," from Church Latin apocalypsis "revelation," from Greek apokalyptein "uncover, disclose, reveal," from apo- "from" (see apo-) + kalyptein "to cover, conceal" (see Calypso). The Christian end-of-the-world story is part of the revelation in John of Patmos' book "Apokalypsis" (a title rendered into English as "Apocalypse" c. 1230 and "Revelations" by Wyclif c. 1380).
Its general sense in Middle English was "insight, vision; hallucination;" meaning "a cataclysmic event" is modern. As agent nouns, apocalypst (1829), apocalypt (1834), and apocalyptist (1835) have been tried.
- 1. Civilization is on the brink of apocalypse.
- 2. We live in the shadow of the apocalypse, of a catastrophe that will mean the end of the world itself.
- 3. It's Ride of the Valkyries from Apocalypse Now.
- 4. Palm trees remind me the bombing scenes in Apocalypse Now.
- 5. We live in the age of the final , ultimate Apocalypse.
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