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  1. fate or destiny, especially adverse fate; unavoidable ill fortune: In exile and poverty, he met his doom.

  2. ruin; death: to fall to one's doom.

  1. a judgment, decision, or sentence, especially an unfavorable one: The judge pronounced the defendant's doom.

  2. the Last Judgment, at the end of the world.

  3. Obsolete. a statute, enactment, or legal judgment.

verb (used with object)
  1. to destine, especially to an adverse fate.

  2. to pronounce judgment against; condemn.

  1. to ordain or fix as a sentence or fate.

Origin of doom

First recorded before 900; Middle English dome, dōm, Old English dōm “judgment, law”; cognate with Old Norse dōmr, “judgment, sentence, court,” Gothic dōms “sentence, fame,” all from Germanic dômaz “what has been set,” from dôn “to set, place, do1 ”; compare Greek thémis “law” (i.e., “what has been set, laid down”); see deem

synonym study For doom

1. See fate.

Other words for doom

Other words from doom

  • doom·y, adjective
  • pre·doom, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use doom in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for doom


/ (duːm) /

  1. death or a terrible fate

  2. a judgment or decision

  1. (sometimes capital) another term for the Last Judgment

  1. (tr) to destine or condemn to death or a terrible fate

Origin of 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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