Definition of Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in English:

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

proper noun

  • 1Four allegorical mounted figures, commonly identified as Pestilence (or Conquest), War, Famine, and Death, whose arrival heralds the end of the world, as described in the biblical book of Revelation.

    • ‘I expect to see, any moment, careering around the corner by Argos, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Death, Plague, Hunger and Jason.’
    • ‘Based on St John's vision of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, it depicts War, Death and Famine in some of the most shattering solo and choral writing imaginable.’
    • ‘A widower forensics expert (Dennis Quaid) investigates perverse serial killings with a Biblical link to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.’
    • ‘Is that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse we can see in the distance?’
    • ‘The core of the episode is a simple idea that explodes with ramifications: What if the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were based on an actual band of marauders?’
    • ‘That is scarier than any horse that any of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse could ever mount.’
    • ‘In a column a few days ago I mentioned the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, one of whom is Pestilence.’
    1. 1.1Used to refer to people or phenomena seen as agents of imminent catastrophe.
      ‘in 2003, the airline industry survived the four horsemen of the apocalypse’
      • ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are standing off in the distance, giggling at us.’
      • ‘Whether they were being ridden by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse would no doubt be revealed at Filbert Street this afternoon.’
      • ‘The end of the world seemed nigh and I fancy I saw the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in the starting stalls.’
      • ‘It's the only way to stay ahead of population and pollution without engaging the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse full-time.’
      • ‘1969 - According to Charles Manson, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, otherwise known as the Beatles, were supposed to bring about Armageddon with their song " Helter Skelter ".’
      • ‘The bigger they are, the harder they fall will likely apply, with a vicious downward spiral into the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: famine, pestilence, war, death.’
      • ‘Then all hell breaks loose and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse come out of the local coffee shop to begin the destruction.’
      • ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - war, pestilence, hunger, and death - are among us.’
      • ‘' They really have been visited by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, ' said Yusuf Hassan, a UN spokesman.’
      • ‘We should call ourselves the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse with all the trouble we bring.’