- very; extremely: used as a euphemism for damned.
Origin of dooms
- 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 dooms
Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic malady, dooms its sufferers to a short and burdened life.NHS Turns Down Free Lifesaving Drug
October 31, 2012
It also dooms effective longer-term investment in infrastructure that is the prerequisite for global competitiveness.
Yet the tragedy of the past two years is that a flawed package in 2009 now dooms a better set of policies in 2011.
But fighting for fiscal responsibility does not have to be a polarizing process that dooms an executive to unpopularity.GOP Govs' Popularity Plummets
May 19, 2011
Mon, its borne in on me that we'll tak a dooms lot of managin'.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
He seems, this Drimdarroch, to have been dooms unlucky in his friends.Doom Castle
Are you not now convinced that men are only guided by folly, which dooms them to be slaves?Faustus
Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
Only I'm feared I may fa' asleep the nicht, for I was dooms sleepy this mornin'.'Robert Falconer
Better to be silent than to call his attention to you; he will send you dooms, not fortune!Queen of the Black Coast
Robert E. Howard
- 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 dooms
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.