[got-er-dam-uh-roo ng, -ruhng; German gœt-uh r-dem-uh-roo ng]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for gotterdammerung
- German myth the twilight of the gods; their ultimate destruction in a battle with the forces of evilNorse equivalent: Ragnarök
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