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[doom] /dum/
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.
verb (used with object)
to destine, especially to an adverse fate.
to pronounce judgment against; condemn.
to ordain or fix as a sentence or fate.
Origin of doom
before 900; Middle English dome, dōm, Old English dōm judgment, law; cognate with Old Norse dōmr, Gothic dōms; compare Sanskrit dhā́man, Greek thémis law; see do1, deem
Related forms
doomy, adjective
predoom, verb (used with object)
self-doomed, adjective
1. See fate. 3. condemnation. 6. predestine. Unabridged
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  • Meanwhile the news had spread that there was a relapse and that the doom impended.

    The Royal Life Guard Alexander Dumas (pere)
  • The man was an invader, and in my eyes deserved an invader's doom.

    The Creed of the Old South 1865-1915 Basil L. Gildersleeve
  • She rushed, like others of her family, upon her doom, as if she were infatuated.

  • If sides had been changed, he would have been a rebel, and would have deserved a rebel's doom.

    The Creed of the Old South 1865-1915 Basil L. Gildersleeve
  • Yet here she was dreading to turn the slip over (she had retrieved it blank side up) and read her doom.

    Winnie Childs C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for doom


death or a terrible fate
a judgment or decision
(sometimes capital) another term for the Last Judgment
(transitive) to destine or condemn to death or a terrible fate
Word Origin
Old English dōm; related to Old Norse dōmr judgment, Gothic dōms sentence, Old High German tuom condition, Greek thomos crowd, Sanskrit dhāman custom; see do1, deem, deed, -dom
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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.


late 14c., from doom (n.). Related: Doomed; dooming.

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