doom

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noun

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for doomy

doomy

adjective informal

despondent or pessimistic
depressing, frightening, or chilling
Derived Formsdoomily, adverb

doom

noun

death or a terrible fate
a judgment or decision
(sometimes capital) another term for the Last Judgment

verb

(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 doomy

doom

n.

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.

doom

v.

late 14c., from doom (n.). Related: Doomed; dooming.

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