Writing Prompts: Armageddon vs Apolcalypse

The terms ‘Armageddon’ and ‘Apocalypse’ are often used interchangeably. Should they be interchangeable, or do they in fact have different meanings?

Dictionary.com defines Armageddon as ‘the place where the final battle will be fought between the forces of good and evil (probably so called in reference to the battlefield of Megiddo. Revelation 16:16)’.

The same site defines Apocalypse as ‘a prophetic revelation, especially concerning a cataclysm in which the forces of good permanently triumph over the forces of evil’.

So, a similar meaning, but not quite the same. It seems Armageddon is reference to a place, whereas Apocalypse is reference to the event. The usage of both words is these days one and the same, and generally refers to chaotic, destructive conflict. Whether that’s right or not…

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