fate or destiny, especially adverse fate; unavoidable ill fortune: In exile and poverty, he met his 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.
- doom·y, adjective
- pre·doom, verb (used with object)
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How to use doom in a sentence
With the sense of doom that has persisted throughout much of 2020, it’s hard to imagine a better time for Sun Ra’s message — that humans need to evolve to a more spiritual plane, to be welcomed and embraced with open arms.Marshall Allen is 96 years old and still leading one of the most visionary jazz groups of all time | Shannon Effinger | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
I tend to press my finger firmly into the side of the phone when I’m holding it to doom scroll or watch content, and the flat edge is much more comfortable.The iPhone 12 Pro is a big upgrade even without the 5G hype | Stan Horaczek | October 28, 2020 | Popular-Science
Plus, Lane seals her doom by agreeing to marry Zach, and Christopher’s fantastically annoying other daughter Gigi has tons of screentime.
All at once he felt frigid and overwhelmed with a sense of impending doom.
Many of his accounts feature fungal heroes, poised to save the planet from almost certain doom.The Fungal Evangelist Who Would Save the Bees - Issue 90: Something Green | Merlin Sheldrake | September 23, 2020 | Nautilus
When summer comes, adult beetles attack and larva feed in the cambium layer, girdling the trees and sealing their doom.
Many view it as a man drawn to his doom by his infatuation for a younger woman, and youth in general.Jonathan Demme on Gaza, Transphobia in ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ and Meryl Streep as a Rock Star | Marlow Stern | July 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When we step into that cylinder of dry air and certain doom, all we can think is what it will be like when it crashes.
And that may doom any shot Hillary Clinton has at the presidency.Hillary’s Doomed if She Can’t Learn to Talk About Her Privilege | Keli Goff | June 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Thankfully, I have a high-speed Internet connection, so my doom window was but fleeting.
He breathed fierce and honest anathema on the heads of the bowelless fiends who had abandoned the babe to its doom.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
For Tony certainly acknowledged by his attitude the same threatening sense of doom that lay so heavy upon his cousin's heart.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Let us remember that "if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom!"The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
Daily the effort to escape this doom; to push away the threat of that painful point will increase.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Only half convinced and full of suspicion, the Sultan walked on in a daze, as though he were going to his last doom.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for doom
death or a terrible fate
a judgment or decision
(tr) to destine or condemn to death or a terrible fate
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