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
“It’s really hard to thread this needle without sounding like a prophet of doom,” said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Georgetown University’s Center for Global Health Science and Security.Why Opening Restaurants Is Exactly What the Coronavirus Wants Us to Do | Caroline Chen | February 6, 2021 | ProPublica
After a year of doom drinking in our bubbles while binge-watching cable news or British dramas on Netflix and munching sourdough discard crackers, we’re ready for an old-fashioned bender.Wine sales will keep rising after the pandemic, a new report predicts — but maybe not for long | Dave McIntyre | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
He would go to the Dolphins and then to Tuscaloosa, and now he has won five more national titles and finished runner-up twice, and lost 17 games in the past 13 seasons, and even the two of those to Ole Miss didn’t portend any doom of relocation.Nick Saban continues a stretch unmatched in the history of college football | Chuck Culpepper | January 11, 2021 | Washington Post
How do you escape the dooming anticipation that would build around an official release date?
Almost the entire print run vanished immediately, dooming the novel to decades of obscurity.
He might even thus ensure his own escape; but in that case would he not be dooming to death his comrade?The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley | Bertram Mitford
That without dooming some part of mankind to extraordinary toil, the arts which cultivate life could not be exercised.
I felt like a judge who had to pronounce sentence upon him—dooming his dearest hopes to painful and instant death.The Woman Thou Gavest Me | Hall Caine
Think of three years,—of dooming a girl to live three years without ever seeing her lover!Mr. Scarborough's Family | Anthony Trollope
So great is his repugnance to dooming even a hardened criminal to death, by a mere scratch of his pen.ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands; | Hezekiah Butterworth
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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