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

Example Sentences

a warning that doomsday is near The book explores a doomsday scenario in which an asteroid hits the Earth.
Recent Examples on the Web Among those who oppose the government, there’s a kind of doomsday feel. Ian Prasad Philbrick, New York Times, 15 Jan. 2023 Such a doomsday scenario is mocked outright in Los Angeles, the bleeding blue heart of Latino Democrats in the U.S. Gustavo Arellanocolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2022 And, personally speaking, there’s something about that vision of doomsday uplift that — while stellarly acted and cleverly against-the-grain — just doesn’t resonate with or ring true to me. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2021 This is the inverse of a doomsday scenario that often comes up in artificial superintelligence theory. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, 24 Feb. 2023 Interesting like the role as a woman battling doomsday preppers in Drew Mylrea’s sci-fi thriller Last Survivors. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Feb. 2023 Kimmel also remarked that Offerman would be at the top of his list of people to call in the event of a doomsday scenario, and joked that Ryan Seacrest would be second on that list. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 2 Feb. 2023 This particular aisle, with traditional meats in all forms, feels like it was made for a doomsday prepper. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Jan. 2023 But that is not necessarily a doomsday scenario for digital assets, and activity could easily shift to other markets around the world. Javier Paz, Forbes, 10 Jan. 2023 See More

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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 23 Mar. 2023.

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