verb (used with object)

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 for doom

1. See fate. 3. condemnation. 6. predestine. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for doom

Contemporary Examples of doom

Historical Examples of doom

  • "I don't see anything like a doom about it, my dear," said he.


    William J. Locke

  • His voice had become weighty with authority and measured with doom.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • My doom is fixed—fixed by my own folly—my own rash, headstrong folly.

  • The star that guides it is our guide, and in the tempest that menaces we behold our own doom!

  • In the fire of last night the hand of Allah wrote their doom.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for doom



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 for doom

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 doom

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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