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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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Examples from the Web for dooming
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  • It is not sleep, it is not trance, it is not the dooming coma from which there is no awaking.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • But land plunder rose among them, dooming death by slow decay.

    The Arena Various
  • "Why, it was dooming him to certain destruction," said Fritz.

    Willis the Pilot Johanna Spyri
  • The modern dragons, it has been said, are dooming "religion and poetry."

    Platform Monologues T. G. Tucker
  • He might even thus ensure his own escape; but in that case would he not be dooming to death his comrade?

    The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley Bertram Mitford
  • The Masque of Judgment is a no less fearful triumph of the Creator in dooming part of himself as he overwhelms mankind.

  • "The good father hath no suspicion that these old wretches are dooming him to death," said Ako to Du Gay.

    Heroes of the Middle West Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Do you realize to what sufferings you are dooming the hearts that love you, and whose happiness is bound up in yours?

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
British Dictionary definitions for dooming


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 dooming



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.

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