gotterdammerung

Götterdämmerung

[got-er-dam-uh-roong, -ruhng; German gœt-uhr-dem-uh-roong]
noun
1.
German Mythology. the destruction of the gods and of all things in a final battle with evil powers: erroneous modern translation of the Old Icelandic Ragnarǫk, meaning “fate of the gods,” misunderstood as Ragnarökkr, meaning “twilight of the gods.”
2.
(italics) the final opera of Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung.

Origin:
1875–80; < German, equivalent to Götter, plural of Gott God + Dämmerung twilight

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Götterdämmerung (ˌɡɒtəˈdɛməˌrʊŋ, German ɡœtərˈdɛmərʊŋ)
 
n
German myth Norse equivalent: Ragnarök the twilight of the gods; their ultimate destruction in a battle with the forces of evil

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Götterdämmerung
from Ger., lit. "twilight of the gods," used by Wagner as the title of the last opera in the Ring cycle; used in Eng. from 1909 in the fig. sense of "complete overthrow" of something.
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