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noun \ˈdüm\

Simple Definition of doom

  • : very bad events or situations that cannot be avoided

  • : death or ruin

Full Definition of doom

  1. 1 :  a law or ordinance especially in Anglo-Saxon England

  2. 2 a :  judgment, decision; especially :  a judicial condemnation or sentence b (1) :  judgment 3a (2) :  judgment day 1

  3. 3 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

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>.




Simple Definition of doom

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

Full Definition of doom

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give judgment against :  condemn

  3. 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>

15th Century

First Known Use of doom

15th century

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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