Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A turbulent ending of a regime or an institution: "The nation had been flirting with forms of götterdämmerung, with extremes of vocabulary and behavior and an appetite for violent resolution” ( Lance Morrow).

Etymologies

After Götterdämmerung, an opera by Richard Wagner, from German, twilight of the gods : Götter, genitive pl. of Gott, god (from Middle High German got, from Old High German; see gheu(ə)- in Indo-European roots) + Dämmerung, twilight (from Middle High German demerunge, from Old High German demerunga, from demar, twilight).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In contrast to your european expedition (Amsterdam – Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Itally) accross five different economic GSM markets with five different very high DATA ROAMING charges, which you are going to be billed when you are back home.

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  • After allying with Germany, Itally was forced to adopt the same policies with regards to racial purity (ironically, the Fascists idealized their Roman heratige and the Nazis idealized their own proud Germanic heratige which allowed them to overthrow the Roman Empire).

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  • Portugal, Itally, Ireland, Greece, Spain and other Euro countries are near collapse based on their social program spending habits.

  • Japan is as bad as Britain. .which is almost as bad as Itally. .which in turn is almost as financially maxed out in Debt as Spain!!!

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  • The demo is limited to 5 minute matches in exhibition mode and features the Liverpool and Barcelona clubs as well as the national teams from Germany, Spain, France and Itally.

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  • Ladies ever since I read the Letters of Dr. Sherbear, who professes that he had in all rather take the opinion of an accomplished Lady in matters of polite writing than the first wits of Itally and should think himself safer with her approbation than of a long List of Literati, and he gives this reason for it that Women have in general more delicate Sensations than Men, what touches them is for the most part true in Nature, whereas men warpt by Education, judge amiss from previous prejudice and refering all things to the model of the ancients, condemn that by comparison where no true Similitud ought to be expected.

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