doom·​say·​er | \ ˈdüm-ˌsā-ər How to pronounce doomsayer (audio) \

Definition of doomsayer

: one given to forebodings and predictions of impending calamity

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doomsaying \ ˈdüm-​ˌsā-​iŋ How to pronounce doomsayer (audio) \ noun

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Don't listen to the doomsayers. doomsayers had been saying for some time that the housing bubble was going to burst
Recent Examples on the Web In 1995, a WIRED cofounder challenged a Luddite-loving doomsayer to a prescient wager on tech and civilization’s fate. Steven Levy, Wired, 5 Jan. 2021 Now, with infection numbers rapidly rising and the cancellation of massive events like South by Southwest, the crypto-doomsayers are looking more prescient than panicky. David Z. Morris, Fortune, 11 Mar. 2020 Our financial system is treated as fragile creature by many, and in days like these, all of the doomsayers who have felt unloved have their moment in the sun. Zachary Karabell, Time, 9 Mar. 2020 The inherent conundrum of the Y2K debate is that those on both ends of the spectrum — from naysayers to doomsayers — can claim that the outcome proved their predictions correct. Francine Uenuma, Time, 30 Dec. 2019 Each time, the doomsayers were at least partly wrong: Shakespeare’s era had Shakespeare; after the death of Longfellow came Marianne Moore, T.S. Eliot and Langston Hughes. Stephanie Burt, WSJ, 8 June 2019 But at the same time, despite what the doomsayers say, the information apocalypse is not quite nigh. James Vincent, The Verge, 17 Dec. 2018 Donaldson and other doomsayers, Haeussler implied, are shooting blanks in the dark. Logan Jenkins,, 28 May 2018 This may be fodder for automotive doomsayers who count world vehicle debuts as the most meaningful metric in the health of auto shows. Robert Duffer,, 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of doomsayer

1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Doomsayer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of doomsayer

: someone who predicts that bad things will happen

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