Definition of Armageddon in US English:

Armageddon

noun

  • 1(in the New Testament) the last battle between good and evil before the Day of Judgment.

    • ‘From the Christian perspective, human history is a struggle between good and evil, with the end of history itself understood in light of the final climactic battle of Armageddon.’
    • ‘Jesus is expected to come back to earth and begin his one thousand-year reign after he defeats the anti-Christ in the battle of Armageddon.’
    • ‘As the time of the tribulation or Armageddon approached, the forces of evil would become restive and more aggressive.’
    1. 1.1 A biblical hill of Megiddo, an archaeological site on the plain of Esdraelon, south of present-day Haifa in Israel.
      See also Megiddo
    2. 1.2 The place where the last battle between good and evil will be fought.
      • ‘According to the Book of Revelations, the final battle in the history of the future will be fought on an ancient battlefield in northern Israel called Armageddon.’
      • ‘Israeli archaeologists on Saturday said they had discovered what may be the oldest Christian church in the Holy Land on the grounds of a prison near the biblical site of Armageddon.’
      • ‘Firstly, the plains of Armageddon are where a great mass of armies will gather, not fight.’
    3. 1.3 A dramatic and catastrophic conflict, typically seen as likely to destroy the world or the human race.
      ‘nuclear Armageddon’
      • ‘In addition, some of the economic arguments proposing financial Armageddon if we vote no are unfounded.’
      • ‘British politicians of the 1930s looked upon the prospect of air war in the same way those of a later generation would fear nuclear Armageddon.’
      • ‘To Morris now, he offers homilies about the menace of nuclear Armageddon.’
      • ‘When war came in 1914, both sides fought shy of an Armageddon of the battlefleets, not least because of the grave consequences of losing such a clash.’
      • ‘If economic Armageddon is indeed upon us, then the weak dollar won't be good.’
      • ‘During the Cold War, the unthinkable was nuclear Armageddon.’
      • ‘With no choice but retaliation a nuclear Armageddon ensued.’
      • ‘Brian Cathcart's The Fly in the Cathedral does little to allay the fear of nuclear Armageddon, delving into the discovery of the nucleus and the team that split the atom in 1932.’
      • ‘Alternative Armageddons supplanted the mushroom cloud and the nuclear winter.’
      • ‘Hints of future extreme paranoia had already begun to manifest themselves in his behaviour, as in 1962 he fled to Brazil to escape what he feared was an impending nuclear Armageddon.’
      • ‘He can see an impending economic Armageddon (with a bit of poetic licence) and is doing his best to make the world change its ill ways.’
      • ‘Although the threat of nuclear Armageddon weighed heavily on everyone's mind during the Cold War, by the 1970s the confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union was well organized.’
      • ‘Ten years after the end of the Cold War, the threat of a nuclear Armageddon has receded, but the collapse of world communism and its repercussions are still works in progress.’
      • ‘That nation is on the brink of economic Armageddon and so might we be.’
      • ‘Now the Free Trade Agreement is signed, sealed and rubberstamped, we will see for ourselves who was right - those who argued Nirvana or those who warned of economic Armageddon.’
      • ‘Although the impact on New Zealand of an economic Armageddon is unclear; (it will be bad, but how bad)?’
      • ‘The end of the Cold War lowered the threat of nuclear Armageddon and brought an end to many of the proxy wars through which the two sides struggled to exert their influence.’

Origin

Greek, from Hebrew har mĕgiddōn ‘hill of Megiddo’ (Rev. 16:16).

Pronunciation

Armageddon

/ˌärməˈɡedn//ˌɑrməˈɡɛdn/