adverb Scot. and North England.

very; extremely: used as a euphemism for damned.

Origin of dooms

First recorded in 1805–15; doom + -s1




fate or destiny, especially adverse fate; unavoidable ill fortune: In exile and poverty, he met his doom.
ruin; death: to fall to one's 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.

verb (used with object)

to destine, especially to an adverse fate.
to pronounce judgment against; condemn.
to ordain or fix as a sentence or fate.

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 dooms

Contemporary Examples of dooms

Historical Examples of dooms

  • Mon, its borne in on me that we'll tak a dooms lot of managin'.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • He seems, this Drimdarroch, to have been dooms unlucky in his friends.

    Doom Castle

    Neil Munro

  • Are you not now convinced that men are only guided by folly, which dooms them to be slaves?


    Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger

  • Only I'm feared I may fa' asleep the nicht, for I was dooms sleepy this mornin'.'

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

  • Better to be silent than to call his attention to you; he will send you dooms, not fortune!

    Queen of the Black Coast

    Robert E. Howard

British Dictionary definitions for dooms



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 dooms



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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