Götterdämmerung

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Götterdämmerung (twilight of the gods), which see below.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡɒtəˈdæməɹʊŋ/ (or as German, below)

Noun[edit]

Götterdämmerung (uncountable)

  1. (Germanic mythology) The myth of the destruction of the gods in a final battle with the forces of evil; the apocalypse.
  2. Any cataclysmic downfall or momentous, apocalyptic event, especially of a regime or an institution.
    • 2005, Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home, Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 153:
      After so much music, love, and flowers, she felt benumbed, thunder-struck by this psychedelic Götterdämmerung.
    • 2010, PuppetGov, We Stand on the Cusp of one of Humanity’s Most Dangerous Moments:
      We will not, especially in the United States, avoid our Götterdämmerung.

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

18th century, from Götter (gods) +‎ Dämmerung (twilight), a calque of Old Norse ragnarøkkr, an attested reinterpretation of ragnarǫk (literally fate of the gods). Popularised by Wagner's opera of 1853.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡœtərˌdɛmərʊŋ/, [ˈɡœ.tɐˌdɛ.mə.ʁʊŋ]
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Noun[edit]

Götterdämmerung f (genitive Götterdämmerung, plural Götterdämmerungen)

  1. (Germanic, chiefly Norse mythology, also figuratively) downfall of the gods, Götterdämmerung, Ragnarok

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