doomsayer

noun

doom·​say·​er ˈdüm-ˌsā-ər How to pronounce doomsayer (audio)
: one given to forebodings and predictions of impending calamity
doomsaying noun

Examples of doomsayer in a Sentence

Don't listen to the doomsayers. doomsayers had been warning for some time that the housing bubble was going to burst
Recent Examples on the Web Georgieva remains optimistic about the future impacts of artificial intelligence and thinks that doomsayers should take a step back and refrain from poisoning the economic expectations around it. Melvin Backman, Quartz, 12 Feb. 2024 Faced with consumers’ remarkable resilience this year, many doomsayers ascribed it to excess savings, amassed during the pandemic, that would inevitably run out. Mike Sommers, Fortune Europe, 1 Feb. 2024 The folks happy to see 2023 in the rearview mirror join a long line of Hollywood doomsayers who have taken a perverse satisfaction in forecasts of imminent catastrophe. Thomas Doherty, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Dec. 2023 Getty Images Amidst a robust U.S. economy, the usual doomsayers are notably silent. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2023 Chief among the doomsayers is Gordon, a professor of economics at Northwestern University. Tyler Cowen, Foreign Affairs, 9 Dec. 2016 Two paths lie before us: one to the dystopian visions of our sci-fi novels, apocalyptic movies, and pessimistic doomsayers; the other to a positive, sustainable world. Time, 3 Aug. 2023 The late economist famously bet doomsayer Paul Ehrlich in 1980 that the prices for five metals wouldn’t increase over a decade, even if the world’s population grew. WSJ, 26 July 2023 As inflation cooled, the doomsayers shifted their attention to the likelihood of a recession. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 6 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of doomsayer was in 1953

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“Doomsayer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doomsayer. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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