noun, often attributive
dooms·​day | \ ˈdümz-ˌdā How to pronounce doomsday (audio) \

Definition of doomsday

1 : a day of final judgment
2 : 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.

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Many Raptors fans inevitably interpreted the pictures as an omen of doomsday — even though Leonard showed up at a Toronto Blue Jays game hours later. Marc Stein, New York Times, "The N.B.A.’s Hot Stove Has Burned Down the League," 21 June 2019 Some estimates say the pace of Moore’s law can last only a few more years, but such doomsday predictions are regularly stayed by new technologies. Stephen Ornes, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Approaching Quantum Supremacy," 15 Jan. 2019 Lithgow plays Ed, a meticulous doomsday prepper who buys canned goods, batteries and gas every day and stashes it in a secret bunker. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "‘Tomorrow Man’ script fails fascinating characters, but Danner, Lithgow shine," 6 June 2019 Yet, despite this doomsday Armageddon hellhole that feels like The Handmaid’s Tale come to life, there have been small victories...and those are actually big deals. Caroline Rothstein, Marie Claire, "How Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Is Quietly Fighting Trump—and Beating Him," 24 May 2019 While Social Security reserves are still projected to run dry in 2034, actuaries have extended the doomsday clock for the disability fund by 20 years to 2052. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Falling Disability Rolls," 28 Apr. 2019 The ever-growing decision-making capabilities of machines can seem a dark subject, but there was no feel of doomsday as guests made their way to the after-party at Dumbo’s 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "A No-Show: Rag & Bone Unveils its New Collection With a Futuristic Dinner," 9 Feb. 2019 Media coverage and recent books underscore the doomsday scenario, from David Runciman’s How Democracy Ends to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s Fascism: A Warning. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 The story begins with Maurice Strong, a Canadian oil tycoon who believed the Club of Rome’s doomsday forecast in 1972 that a rising global population would soon exhaust the planet’s resources. George Melloan, WSJ, "The Yellow Jackets Are Right About Green Policies," 16 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of doomsday

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

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English Language Learners Definition of doomsday

: the day the world ends or is destroyed


dooms·​day | \ ˈdümz-ˌdā How to pronounce doomsday (audio) \

Kids Definition of doomsday

: the day the world ends or is destroyed

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