Definition of doomsday in US English:


(also domesday)


  • 1The last day of the world's existence.

    • ‘It is happening on some celebrity talk shows and it could be doomsday for channels in the long run.’
    • ‘And if this situation is allowed to continue, it won't be long before the aggressive human species are the only creatures on the planet and surely that will be the doomsday of planet Earth.’
    • ‘Ten years later he refined his vision with the gloomily satirical sequel, set almost entirely in a shopping mall the day after doomsday, with zombies as the ultimate docile consumers.’
    • ‘So in the last seven years, doomsday has been pushed back at least 13 years.’
    • ‘But the media portrayal of its collapse will suggest doomsday is upon us, and to the extent that we typically consult the media today more than ourselves or our neighbours, we are likely to be swept up in the breathless alarm.’
    • ‘It was like doomsday, rendering the local populace helpless as the tsunami leveled both regions' coastal areas in only ten minutes.’
    • ‘The only thing that is ‘inevitable’ is that these preparations for doomsday will waste our time and scare us witless.’
    • ‘Global warming, they have been telling us for years, will prove to be man's undoing, man creating his own doomsday.’
    • ‘But those doomsdays were the product of faith; reason always used to say the world will continue.’
    • ‘Even for the urban couch potatoes addicted to the remote, this might not be doomsday.’
    • ‘Don't doomsday and alarmist theories need evidence to support their tenability, also?’
    • ‘You wouldn't expect scientists to agree on how and when doomsday will come, especially when the earth is still a mystery.’
    • ‘But as people have said in the past, there are a lot of teenagers out there who have talked about such things, about doomsday, and they don't carry it out.’
    • ‘Yet, there are people who argue as if doomsday is near at hand when they confront evidence of such increase.’
    • ‘I mean, it would have been doomsday if that happened.’
    • ‘And if that's the case then the scare stories will be just another doomsday that didn't dawn.’
    • ‘‘Greetings from the Nevada Test Site,’ it proclaimed, showing a collage of doomsday clouds floating above a scraggly desert.’
    • ‘Behind these constant rehearsals for doomsday lies a deep paranoia.’
    • ‘But for those in favour of retaining the current playing season - they are in the majority at present - the return of a winter schedule of matches would be equivalent to doomsday.’
    • ‘That it will probably never work is one of those silly technicalities that shouldn't stand in the way of us investing our time and resources in something that we want to believe will protect us from doomsday.’
    1. 1.1 (in Christian belief) the day of the Last Judgment.
      • ‘Twain sometimes thought of himself as a modern Noah warning of a doomsday to come.’
      • ‘After the first long sermon preaches a doomsday envisionment of religion, where a vindictive God has nothing but wrath for sinners, he is sure that every word was aimed at him.’
      • ‘Here was something with an appropriately apocalyptic, doomsday flavour.’
      • ‘It is doubtful at this time that anyone who saw the image simply ignored it, since it resembled a rip or a tear strongly enough to cause predictions of doomsday from every church in the city.’
      • ‘The opening passage of a thousand-year-old Christian prayer book discovered in Ireland does not say that doomsday is near.’
      • ‘It's the apocalypse, the cataclysm, doomsday, the big firework!’
      • ‘She would go to heaven on doomsday, so therefore why not merry?’
      • ‘Since none of the religious leaders seemed impressed by John's ministry, he had dismissed him as a lunatic, just another doomsday prophet, here today and gone tomorrow.’
      • ‘Many will see the Asian disaster as portending the advent of doomsday.’
      • ‘Many of them lead to mass suicides of some kind with members killing themselves based on their doomsday beliefs.’
    2. 1.2 A time or event of crisis or great danger.
      as modifier ‘in all the concern over greenhouse warming, one doomsday scenario stands out’
      • ‘And some lawmakers are calling it a pure doomsday scenario.’
      • ‘He further contended that this talk of 20,000 extra vehicles was only in the event of a doomsday scenario and was not practical.’
      • ‘The possibility of a doomsday scenario is once again on everyone's mind.’
      • ‘The saner elements are likely to sulk and the economists are bound to predict doomsday.’
      • ‘Port managers are working feverishly to prevent a dockside doomsday.’
      • ‘Thus, the estimated 100,000 mainland visitors on National Day will spell doomsday.’
      • ‘Even some US writers forecast a potential economic doomsday if current trends continue too long.’
      • ‘Around the world, investors were terrified of a doomsday scenario.’
      • ‘Congress is preparing for a doomsday scenario.’
      • ‘In the latter case, he warned, a doomsday scenario is likely to follow.’
      • ‘People feel their confidence boosted by that event; it's the experience of hearing a doomsday scenario and finding out it wasn't so bad.’
      • ‘We won't see big gains for years to come, but perhaps the imbalances we've discussed won't lead to an economic doomsday either.’
      • ‘This conclusion was based on ‘information developed’ that the next doomsday would be within a week.’
      • ‘Someone said the same thing was happening in New York and Chicago in a pan-American doomsday.’
      • ‘The third doomsday scenario is based on pollution.’
      • ‘However, I must question whether the doomsday scenario painted by you and some fellow diarists is at all credible.’
      • ‘I'm not really sure how he moves from that point to the doomsday scenario he describes, however.’
      • ‘It's the economic doomsday scenario, inflation at four per cent and interest rates at 6.5 per cent by the end of next year.’
      • ‘Recent reports that up to 30,000 jobs could be under threat in the tourism sector in the North West region have been described as being ‘akin to a doomsday scenario’.’
      • ‘A newly discovered asteroid has zero chance of colliding with Earth in 11 years, although preliminary data had suggested such a doomsday scenario was possible, astronomers said this week.’


  • till doomsday

    • informal Forever.

      ‘we'll be here till doomsday if you don't hurry up’
      • ‘If you reply to him, you will get another ‘nice’ letter and another and another, until doomsday or until he figures out your address and shows up on your doorstep.’
      • ‘But I mean, again, we could be speculating from now until doomsday, but there are people who know and it would be appropriate for them to reveal to the world what's going on.’
      • ‘We may sing songs about the sweet by and by, preach sermons and say prayers until doomsday, and he will never concern himself about us, if we don't wake anybody up.’
      • ‘A golfer can visualize hitting a hole-in-one from now until doomsday without it ever happening.’
      • ‘The frame is adjustable, and made to last until doomsday.’


Old English dōmes dæg (see doom, day).