gloom and doom


: sad and tragic events : a feeling or attitude that things are only getting worse
The papers are filled with stories of gloom and doom.
She was full of gloom and doom.

Examples of gloom and doom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Similarly, director Zack Snyder’s 2009 adaptation reveled in the gloom and doom of its bloodied heroes. Alex Abad-Santos, Vox, 25 June 2024 Children who complete the program are excited about their surroundings, associating learning and spending time in the outdoors with joy and fun rather than gloom and doom. Chrissy Word, New York Daily News, 31 May 2024 Highlighting recent global achievements, such as healing the ozone layer, for instance, can inspire people to keep up the good work rather than feeling like the battle is lost and that the situation is all gloom and doom. Linh Vu, Scientific American, 11 Dec. 2023 Unlike some collections that deal in gloom and doom, these stories about unexpected moments in people’s lives are hopeful and big-hearted. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, 26 May 2024 This year’s festival opened Tuesday under gray skies, as if nature itself were mirroring all the gloom and doom. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 18 May 2024 Hayhoe, a professor at Texas Tech University, has written and spoken extensively about the need for climate stories that go beyond gloom and doom — specifically, stories that show people their actions make a difference. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2024 But commentators need to stop crying about abusive gimmicks or gloom and doom. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, 18 Jan. 2024 While it is not clinically recognized as a pathology or included in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, experts say the feeling of gloom and doom prompted by all of the inescapable images of planetary gloom and doom is becoming more widespread. Jason Horowitz,, 16 Sep. 2023

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“Gloom and doom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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