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

    Willis the Pilot Johanna Spyri
  • I'm afraid you're dooming yourself to many bitter disappointments in going to America.

    A Foregone Conclusion William Dean Howells
  • The modern dragons, it has been said, are dooming "religion and poetry."

    Platform Monologues T. G. Tucker
  • It was he who told me, poor dear man, that Catherine was a mother, and that I was dooming two beings to shame and desertion.

    The Village Rector Honore de Balzac
  • 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 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
  • The Masque of Judgment is a no less fearful triumph of the Creator in dooming part of himself as he overwhelms mankind.

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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