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[doomz-dey] /ˈdumzˌdeɪ/
the day of the Last Judgment, at the end of the world.
any day of judgment or sentence.
nuclear destruction of the world.
given to or marked by forebodings or predictions of impending calamity; especially concerned with or predicting future universal destruction:
the doomsday issue of all-out nuclear war.
capable of causing widespread or total destruction:
doomsday weapons.
Origin of doomsday
before 1000; Middle English domes dai, Old English dōmesdæg Judgment Day. See doom, day Unabridged
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Examples from the web for doomsday
  • The so-called doomsday algorithm uses clever mental arithmetic and mnemonic tricks to enable a quick determination.
  • Lets keep the gravy train coming and predict some more doomsday scenarios.
  • These people are trying to work together to create this doomsday weapon.
  • It will probably be seven more years before the doomsday carp is ready to swim wild.
  • Mostly the arguments are of the low-interest and doomsday type.
  • There are even doomsday whispers of an economic crisis forcing a political crisis that sets the country back dramatically.
  • Surely, pray observers, she will blink before doomsday arrives.
  • And a doomsday scenario is inconsistent with the strength of equity markets.
  • To the doomsday crowd, the spike in natural gas prices is permanent, the result of scarcity.
  • Even consumers, who once seemed determined to keep their wallets shut until doomsday, may be joining in.
British Dictionary definitions for doomsday


(sometimes capital) the day on which the Last Judgment will occur
any day of reckoning
(modifier) characterized by predictions of disaster: doomsday scenario
Word Origin
Old English dōmes dæg Judgment Day; related to Old Norse domsdagr
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Word Origin and History for doomsday



Old English domes dæg, from domes, genitive of dom (see doom (n.)) + dæg "day" (see day (n.)).

In medieval England it was expected when the world's age reached 6,000 years from creation, which was thought to have been in 5200 B.C. Bede, c.720, complained of being pestered by rustici asking him how many years till the sixth millennium ended. There is no evidence for a general panic in the year 1000 C.E. Doomsday machine "bomb powerful enough to wipe out human life on earth" is from 1960.

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