doom·​say·​er | \ˈdüm-ˌsā-ər \

Definition of doomsayer 

: one given to forebodings and predictions of impending calamity

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doomsaying \-​ˌsā-​iŋ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for doomsayer


Cassandra, Chicken Little, doomsdayer, doomster


optimist, Pollyanna

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Examples of doomsayer in a Sentence

Don't listen to the doomsayers. doomsayers had been saying for some time that the housing bubble was going to burst

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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 Because despite what the doomsayers predict, e-mail isn’t going anywhere. Hiawatha Bray,, "Gmail’s face lift, new brains show that e-mail is far from obsolete," 26 Apr. 2018 Bitcoin’s earliest disciples included technologists and libertarians, along with a few doomsayers who feared catastrophe and currency debasement in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Kevin Warsh, WSJ, "The Meaning of Bitcoin’s Volatility," 7 Mar. 2018 Despite so much in its economy that looks so deeply rotten, China may yet emerge from its boom stronger than the doomsayers predict. The Economist, "A compelling look at the flaws in the Chinese economy," 22 Mar. 2018 Unlike earlier doomsayers, however, Mr. McMahon wisely steers clear of broad strokes. Mara Hvistendahl, WSJ, "‘China’s Great Wall of Debt’ Review: The Chinese Growth Charade," 13 Mar. 2018 The election could still end 2017 on a low note for a Europe that has largely defied the doomsayers, both on the political and economic fronts. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Count (and Distribute) Your Winnings — CEO Daily, Thursday 21st December," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of doomsayer

1953, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of doomsayer

: someone who predicts that bad things will happen

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