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Götterdämmerung

[ got-er-dam-uh-roong, -ruhng; German gœt-uhr-dem-uh-roong ]
/ ˌgɒt ərˈdæm əˌrʊŋ, -ˌrʌŋ; German ˌgœt ərˈdɛm əˌrʊŋ /
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noun
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.
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Origin of Götterdämmerung

1875–80; <German, equivalent to Götter, plural of GottGod + Dämmerung twilight

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How to use Götterdämmerung in a sentence

  • What a stupendous climax Gotterdammerung is to the whole Ring!

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for Götterdämmerung

Götterdämmerung
/ (ˌɡɒtəˈdɛməˌrʊŋ, German ɡœtərˈdɛmərʊŋ) /

noun
German myth the twilight of the gods; their ultimate destruction in a battle with the forces of evilNorse equivalent: Ragnarök
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