a|poc|a|lyp|tic [əˌpɔkəˈlıptık US əˌpa:-] adj
1.) warning people about terrible events that will happen in the future
The novel presents us with an apocalyptic vision of the future
2.) connected with the final destruction and end of the world, or with any great destruction
Before them was an apocalyptic landscape of burnt villages and bomb craters.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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