- fate or destiny, especially adverse fate; unavoidable ill fortune: In exile and poverty, he met his doom.
- ruin; death: to fall to one's doom.
- a judgment, decision, or sentence, especially an unfavorable one: The judge pronounced the defendant's doom.
- the Last Judgment, at the end of the world.
- Obsolete. a statute, enactment, or legal judgment.
- to destine, especially to an adverse fate.
- to pronounce judgment against; condemn.
- to ordain or fix as a sentence or fate.
Origin of doom
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Examples from the Web for doom
When summer comes, adult beetles attack and larva feed in the cambium layer, girdling the trees and sealing their doom.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
Many view it as a man drawn to his doom by his infatuation for a younger woman, and youth in general.Jonathan Demme on Gaza, Transphobia in ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ and Meryl Streep as a Rock Star
July 25, 2014
And that may doom any shot Hillary Clinton has at the presidency.Hillary’s Doomed if She Can’t Learn to Talk About Her Privilege
June 27, 2014
Thankfully, I have a high-speed Internet connection, so my doom window was but fleeting.Online Dating for Geniuses Only
June 27, 2014
“Every sad and bitter tale has its hour when the doom inevitable in the long run becomes inescapable in the short,” Kempton wrote.Tupac and Murray Kempton: The Godfather Who Wore Tweed
June 22, 2014
"I don't see anything like a doom about it, my dear," said he.Viviette
William J. Locke
His voice had become weighty with authority and measured with doom.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
My doom is fixed—fixed by my own folly—my own rash, headstrong folly.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
The star that guides it is our guide, and in the tempest that menaces we behold our own doom!Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
In the fire of last night the hand of Allah wrote their doom.Leila, Complete
- death or a terrible fate
- a judgment or decision
- (sometimes capital) another term for the Last Judgment
- (tr) to destine or condemn to death or a terrible fate
Word Origin and History for doom
Old English dom "law, judgment, condemnation," from Proto-Germanic *domaz (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian dom, Old Norse domr, Old High German tuom, Gothic doms "judgment, decree"), from PIE root *dhe- (cf. Sanskrit dhaman- "law," Greek themis "law," Lithuanian dome "attention"), literally "to set, put" (see factitious). A book of laws in Old English was a dombec. Modern sense of "fate, ruin, destruction" is c.1600, from the finality of the Christian Judgment Day.
late 14c., from doom (n.). Related: Doomed; dooming.