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doom

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noun
  1. fate or destiny, especially adverse fate; unavoidable ill fortune: In exile and poverty, he met his doom.
  2. ruin; death: to fall to one's doom.
  3. a judgment, decision, or sentence, especially an unfavorable one: The judge pronounced the defendant's doom.
  4. the Last Judgment, at the end of the world.
  5. Obsolete. a statute, enactment, or legal judgment.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to destine, especially to an adverse fate.
  2. to pronounce judgment against; condemn.
  3. to ordain or fix as a sentence or fate.
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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 formsdoom·y, adjectivepre·doom, verb (used with object)self-doomed, adjective

Synonyms

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1. See fate. 3. condemnation. 6. predestine.
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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."

  • He might even thus ensure his own escape; but in that case would he not be dooming to death his comrade?


British Dictionary definitions for dooming

doom

noun
  1. death or a terrible fate
  2. a judgment or decision
  3. (sometimes capital) another term for the Last Judgment
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verb
  1. (tr) to destine or condemn to death or a terrible fate
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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 do 1, deem, deed, -dom
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Word Origin and History for dooming

doom

n.

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.

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doom

v.

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

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