- 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 doomed
Trying to fine-tune all that to a desired end is not only a form of madness but doomed to failure.How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
December 18, 2014
Has she been doomed by the science of 2014 to a life of sexual misery?Was 2014 the Year Science Discovered The Female Orgasm?
December 6, 2014
Imagine if you were doomed forever to live inside a youthful mistake.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
The Arab spring failed, but it demonstrated the ancient regimes are doomed unless they change profoundly, which is very unlikely.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea
November 9, 2014
Handing the job to the less qualified team, after Northrop and Grumman refused to sign a fixed-price contract, doomed the program.Is the Pentagon’s $55 Billion Stealth Bomber Too Big a Secret?
September 22, 2014
They might only be cruelly holding out hope to one of the doomed.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
We are not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline.
In the hour of triumph the government was doomed to receive a stunning blow.
But there, as well as in the House, the Irish Establishment was doomed.
It seemed too bright for a thing formed of dust, and doomed to crumble into dust again.Sylph Etherege
- 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 doomed
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.