- 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 dooming
How do you escape the dooming anticipation that would build around an official release date?‘Beyoncé’ Review: Genius…and Dripping of Sex
December 13, 2013
Almost the entire print run vanished immediately, dooming the novel to decades of obscurity.This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 17, 2013
September 16, 2013
It is not sleep, it is not trance, it is not the dooming coma from which there is no awaking.A Strange Story, Complete
But land plunder rose among them, dooming death by slow decay.The Arena
"Why, it was dooming him to certain destruction," said Fritz.Willis the Pilot
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
- 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 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.