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[got-er-dam-uh-roo ng, -ruhng; German gœt-uh r-dem-uh-roo ng] /ˌgɒt ərˈdæm əˌrʊŋ, -ˌrʌŋ; German ˌgœt ərˈdɛm əˌrʊŋ/
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.”.
(italics) See The Ring of the Nibelung.
Origin of Götterdämmerung
1875-80; < German, equivalent to Götter, plural of Gott God + Dämmerung twilight Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The three gentlemen rotated in the pool breast high, after the fashion of the nymphs in gotterdammerung.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • Possibly the "gotterdammerung," and even Siegfried's "Tod," would pass these people unmarked, like the wind.

    From the Easy Chair, vol. 1 George William Curtis
British Dictionary definitions for gotterdammerung


/ˌɡɒtəˈdɛməˌrʊŋ; German ɡœtərˈdɛmərʊŋ/
(German myth) the twilight of the gods; their ultimate destruction in a battle with the forces of evil Norse equivalent Ragnarök
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gotterdammerung


from German Götterdämmerung, literally "twilight of the gods," used by Wagner as the title of the last opera in the Ring cycle; used in English from 1909 in the figurative sense of "complete overthrow" of something.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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