dooms·​day ˈdümz-ˌdā How to pronounce doomsday (audio)
often attributive
: a day of final judgment
: a time of catastrophic destruction and death

Examples of doomsday in a Sentence

a warning that doomsday is near The book explores a doomsday scenario in which an asteroid hits the Earth.
Recent Examples on the Web While some in Washington take doomsday scenarios seriously, others remain skeptical. Will Henshall, TIME, 6 June 2024 Henry Fonda, who plays the president, spends much of the film on the phone with his Soviet counterpart trying to avert doomsday. David Faris, theweek, 26 Mar. 2024 There’s also a certain video-game quality to how Snyder orchestrates this pre-credits doomsday crescendo. A.a. Dowd, Vulture, 21 Mar. 2024 Achieving such an outcome would require the collapse of dug-in and reinforced Russian defenses and would risk starting a direct war between NATO and Russia, a doomsday scenario that no one wants. Ivo Daalder, Foreign Affairs, 9 Jan. 2023 See all Example Sentences for doomsday 

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of doomsday was before the 12th century

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“Doomsday.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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