Armageddon

See also: armageddon

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A nuclear holocaust is sometimes associated with modern visualizations of Armageddon

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek Ἁρμαγεδών (Harmagedṓn), used in Revelation 16:16, referring to Mount Megiddo, the place of the last battle at the Last Judgment; from Hebrew הר מגידו / ‎הַר‎ מְגִדּוֹ(har megiddo).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌɑː(ɹ).məˈɡɛ.dn̩/, /-ˈɡɛ.dən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌɑɹ.məˈɡɛ.dn̩/, /-ˈɡɛ.dən/
  • Rhymes: -ɛdən
  • Hyphenation: Ar‧ma‧ged‧don

Proper nounEdit

Armageddon

  1. (Christianity, Islam) Mount Megiddo, the site of a prophesied final battle between the forces of good and evil.
    • 1941 October, F. S. Bond, “The Railways of China”, in Railway Magazine, page 440:
      And so, unfortunately, this great and spreading network of railways, that recently showed such promise as a major instrument in the modern development of China, must be left for the time being in the melting-pot of Armageddon.
  2. (by extension) The battle itself.
  3. (by extension) Any end of the world, especially by way of a cataclysmic battle or something analogous to one.

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