noun \ˈdüm\

: very bad events or situations that cannot be avoided

: death or ruin

Full Definition of DOOM

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

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



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

Full Definition of DOOM

transitive verb
:  to give judgment against :  condemn
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


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