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

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a warning that doomsday is near The book explores a doomsday scenario in which an asteroid hits the Earth.
Recent Examples on the Web The complex case transfixed the public with its ties to the mysterious deaths of the Daybells' former spouses and the couple's doomsday beliefs. Rebecca Boone, azcentral, "Idaho community mourns after remains found of 2 kids with Arizona ties," 13 June 2020 The complex case transfixed the public with its ties to the mysterious deaths of the Daybells’ former spouses and the couple’s doomsday beliefs. Rebecca Boone,, "Idaho community mourns after remains of 2 kids found," 13 June 2020 What are the 'doomsday' beliefs that Vallow and Daybell allegedly have? Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Missing Idaho kids: Vigil planned, family 'filled with unfathomable sadness' in Daybell-Vallow case," 12 June 2020 Lori Vallow and her new, fifth husband Chad Daybell, the author of several doomsday novels, fled to Hawaii, where Vallow was arrested in February on child abandonment charges and extradited back to Idaho. Fox News, "JJ Vallow's grandparents visit area where his remains were found," 12 June 2020 The case has drawn global attention, in part due to links to two other mysterious deaths and the couple's doomsday beliefs. CBS News, "2 sets of children's remains found at home of man tied to missing Idaho kids, prosecutor says," 11 June 2020 Some, like Curley, see strategies like Spotify’s as a doomsday scenario, citing concerns about privacy and monopolization. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "This Streaming App Wants to Be Patreon for Podcasts," 10 June 2020 The trade is audacious even for Bass, who profited handsomely during the subprime crisis but has since had less success with doomsday calls on everything from Japanese government bonds to the Chinese yuan. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Dallas investor Kyle Bass starts fund that’s banking on a Hong Kong currency collapse," 9 June 2020 In baseball, people are talking doomsday — no season at all. Bruce Jenkins,, "‘Golden Greats: The I-5 Series’: rewarding and bittersweet," 2 June 2020

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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 11 Jul. 2020.

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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) \

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: the day the world ends or is destroyed

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