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

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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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 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

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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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