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[verb fawr-doom, fohr-; noun fawr-doom, fohr-]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to doom beforehand; destine.
  1. Archaic. a doom ordained beforehand; destiny.

Origin of foredoom

First recorded in 1555–65; fore- + doom
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Examples from the Web for foredoom

Historical Examples

  • There is no halfway business of ghastly wounds which foredoom survival as a cripple.

    My Second Year of the War

    Frederick Palmer

  • Of course the girl's anticipations of "God's country" were too glowing not to foredoom her to disappointment.

    Why Joan?

    Eleanor Mercein Kelly

British Dictionary definitions for foredoom


  1. (tr) to doom or condemn beforehand
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