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1(in Germanic mythology) the downfall of the gods.
- ‘But in describing its unprecedented economic fertility, the imagery of Genesis is more appropriate than that of Götterdämmerung.’
- 1.1as noun a Götterdämmerung The complete downfall of a regime.
German, literally ‘twilight of the gods’, popularized by Wagner's use of the word as the title of the last opera of the Ring cycle.
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