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 doomsaying (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 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, "When money goes (corona) viral," 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, "The Coronavirus Won’t Be an Economic Catastrophe — Unless We Let it Become One," 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, "20 Years Later, the Y2K Bug Seems Like a Joke—Because Those Behind the Scenes Took It Seriously," 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, "There’s a Poem for Every Reader," 8 June 2019 But at the same time, despite what the doomsayers say, the information apocalypse is not quite nigh. James Vincent, The Verge, "These faces show how far AI image generation has advanced in just four years," 17 Dec. 2018 Donaldson and other doomsayers, Haeussler implied, are shooting blanks in the dark. Logan Jenkins,, "Mystery shrouds the future of historic Liberty Station chapel," 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,, "Interactive consumer experience to drive 2018 Chicago Auto Show," 6 Feb. 2018 The waifs and radicals may be gone, but the atmosphere in the Flore and beyond is more highbrow than the doomsayers imply. The Economist, "The death—or reinvention—of the French intellectual," 28 Apr. 2018

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Doomsayer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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: someone who predicts that bad things will happen

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