doomsday

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 Not to a group of worst-case scenario planners — mostly Democrats, but some anti-Trump Republicans as well — who have been gaming out various doomsday options for the 2020 presidential election. Reid J. Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump sows doubt on voting. It keeps some people up at night.," 24 May 2020 Not to a group of worst-case scenario planners — mostly Democrats, but some anti-Trump Republicans as well — who have been gaming out various doomsday options for the 2020 presidential election. Reid J. Epstein, New York Times, "Trump Sows Doubt on Voting. It Keeps Some People Up at Night.," 24 May 2020 The doomsday predicted when Mr. Falwell announced Liberty students would return after spring break never came to pass. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "The Education of Jerry Falwell Jr.," 18 May 2020 Former Prime Minister John Key was often approached about the country’s popularity as a doomsday location while in office. Olivia Carville, Bloomberg.com, "‘We Needed to Go’: Rich Americans Activate Pandemic Escape Plans," 7 May 2020 This era of economic volatility can be a catalyst for innovation rather than a doomsday event. Kevin O’leary, Fortune, "When government fails businesses, communities can step up to help them thrive," 4 May 2020 Writer Rosecrans Baldwin embeds with the doomsday experts and government agents preparing for the day our planet finally falls apart. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California Week in Review: Shifting timelines," 25 Apr. 2020 The Big Mouth creator made himself a delicious but unexpected doomsday sandwich: bacon and peanut butter on an English muffin. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Here’s What Celebrities Are Cooking While Stuck at Home," 18 Mar. 2020 Indeed, many experts were predicting that doomsday scenario just a few weeks ago. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Pandemic economics: The U.S. is learning why limiting hospital beds carries a steep cost," 24 Apr. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doomsday. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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doomsday

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English Language Learners Definition of doomsday

: the day the world ends or is destroyed

doomsday

noun
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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