A turbulent ending of a regime or an institution.
The total, usually violent, collapse of a society, regime, institution, etc.
Origin of gotterdammerung
- 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 gheu(ə)- in Indo-European roots) Dämmerung twilight (from Middle High German demerunge) (from Old High German demerunga) (from demar twilight)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition