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Etymology-wise, it means "to uncover" but in English it has come to label a violent ending. What word is it?




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Answer: apocalypse

The word apocalypse derives from the Church Latin apocalypsis, revelation, which in turn derives from Greek apokalyptein, uncover - from Greek apo, off, and kalyptein, to cover.

Note thatJohn of Patmos' book of Revelation was called Apokalypsis in the Septuagint. This was initially translated into English as "Apocalypse" in the early 13th century, but was changed to "Revelations" in Wyclif's Bible 50 years later.


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