Göt·​ter·​däm·​mer·​ung ˌgər-tər-ˈde-mə-ˌru̇ŋ How to pronounce Götterdämmerung (audio)
: a collapse (as of a society or regime) marked by catastrophic violence and disorder
broadly : downfall
the Götterdämmerung of Communism

Examples of Götterdämmerung in a Sentence

a film that chronicles the chaotic Götterdämmerung of the Third Reich

Word History


German, literally, twilight of the gods, from Götter (plural of Gott god) + Dämmerung twilight

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Götterdämmerung was in 1909


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“Götterdämmerung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/G%C3%B6tterd%C3%A4mmerung. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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