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.
Recent Examples on the Web But years later, Adam became concerned when Lori and another brother, Alex Cox, adopted religious beliefs that embraced doomsday prophecies. Jeff Truesdell,, 28 Sep. 2021 For now, at least, the agreement over the debt ceiling spares Washington from what experts broadly saw as a financial doomsday that could have rattled markets globally and plunged the United States into a new recession. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 8 Oct. 2021 But the scope of the crisis is much broader and more nuanced than cute Arctic creatures or doomsday hellscapes. Anne Quito, Quartz, 22 Oct. 2021 The 0-3 Lions arrive at Soldier Field at the perfect time for the Bears to fend off the doomsday chatter. Colleen Kane,, 2 Oct. 2021 Well, uh, might wanna make room in the bunker with the rest of the doomsday preppers. Joseph Goodman |, al, 2 Sep. 2021 Prosecutors in Idaho are seeking the death penalty against Chad Daybell, the religious doomsday author accused of murdering his stepchildren and his ex-wife. Christine Pelisek,, 6 Aug. 2021 In a world in which many children are still homebound for school and childcare, the impending dissolution of housing security is a doomsday for hundreds of thousands of Black mothers for whom the pandemic has already devastated. Essence, 4 Aug. 2021 Texas and Oklahoma triggered a doomsday scenario for the Big 12, which without those two bluebloods lacked the depth and national appeal to continue existing as one of the power conferences that rule the Football Bowl Subdivision. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of doomsday

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

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“Doomsday.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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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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