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1doom

noun \ˈdüm\

: very bad events or situations that cannot be avoided

: death or ruin

Full Definition of DOOM

1
:  a law or ordinance especially in Anglo-Saxon England
2
a :  judgment, decision; especially :  a judicial condemnation or sentence
b (1) :  judgment 3a
(2) :  judgment day 1
3
a :  destiny; especially :  unhappy destiny
b :  death, ruin
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Examples of DOOM

  1. The papers are filled with stories of gloom and doom.
  2. the story of a mysterious creature who lures travelers to their doom

Origin of DOOM

Middle English, from Old English dōm; akin to Old High German tuom condition, state, Old English dōn to do
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of DOOM

fate, destiny, lot, portion, doom mean a predetermined state or end. fate implies an inevitable and usually an adverse outcome <the fate of the submarine is unknown>. destiny implies something foreordained and often suggests a great or noble course or end <the country's destiny to be a model of liberty to the world>. lot and portion imply a distribution by fate or destiny, lot suggesting blind chance <it was her lot to die childless>, portion implying the apportioning of good and evil <remorse was his daily portion>. doom distinctly implies a grim or calamitous fate <if the rebellion fails, his doom is certain>.

2doom

verb

: to make (someone or something) certain to fail, suffer, die, etc.

Full Definition of DOOM

transitive verb
1
:  to give judgment against :  condemn
2
a :  to fix the fate of :  destine <felt he was doomed to a life of loneliness>
b :  to make certain the failure or destruction of <the scandal doomed her chances for election>

Examples of DOOM

  1. A criminal record will doom your chances of becoming a politician.
  2. <had always felt that he was doomed to remain single forever>

First Known Use of DOOM

15th century
DOOMED Defined for Kids

1doom

noun \ˈdüm\

Definition of DOOM for Kids

1
:  a terrible or unhappy ending or happening <The news is full of doom and gloom.>
2
:  death 1 <He met his doom.>

2doom

verb
doomeddoom·ing

Definition of DOOM for Kids

:  to make sure that something bad will happen <The plan was doomed to failure.>

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