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 The real doomsday bunkers are apparently in the Hamptons, as The New York Times reported, and have spacious pools and ample natural light. Abigail Rosenthal, Houston Chronicle, "20 things we'll see in the eventual horror movies made about 2020," 14 Oct. 2020 Turns out -- at least in New Orleans -- the doomsday projections haven't panned out. Della Hasselle | Staff Writer,, "'We're relieved it's not a bigger hit': A look at New Orleans college enrollment during coronavirus," 30 Sep. 2020 Maryland’s financial picture is far rosier than doomsday predictions this spring that forecast state revenue losses in the billions, state analysts said Tuesday. Washington Post, "Maryland’s dire budget projections so far have not come to pass," 30 Sep. 2020 Additionally, Chad Daybell is a novelist and podcaster who told stories about doomsday and people preparing for the end of the world. CBS News, "Police confirm remains found at Chad Daybell's home are missing Idaho children," 13 June 2020 There is the Golden Gate Bridge, looming in the distance through a drift-smoke haze, and the Salesforce Tower, which against the blood-orange sky appears as a colossal spaceship in a doomsday film. Washington Post, "Warmer. Burning. Epidemic-challenged. Expensive. The California Dream has become the California Compromise.," 12 Sep. 2020 As data out of Houston, the epicenter of Texas’s coronavirus outbreak, began to show a surge in cases and hospitalizations at the end of June, the doomsday projections began in full force. Tobias Hoonhout, National Review, "How Houston Defied Doomsday COVID Predictions," 12 Aug. 2020 The doomsday machine kicks in, and the film closes with a series of mushroom clouds rising over the Earth (gleaned from footage of actual nuclear tests). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Lest we forget: Mark 75 years of the atomic bomb with the Ars watch list," 10 Aug. 2020 Both have pleaded not guilty in the case that has ties to doomsday beliefs and the mysterious deaths of others close to the couple. CBS News, "Detective reveals how remains of Idaho children were found on stepfather's property," 4 Aug. 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 30 Oct. 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) \

Kids Definition of doomsday

: the day the world ends or is destroyed

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