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doom

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noun \ˈdüm\

Definition of doom

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

  2. 2a :  judgment, decision; especially :  a judicial condemnation or sentenceb (1) :  judgment 5a (2) :  judgment day 1

  3. 3a :  destiny; especially :  unhappy destinyb :  death, ruin

Examples of doom in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

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doom

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Definition of doom

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

  3. 2a :  to fix the fate of :  destine felt he was doomed to a life of lonelinessb :  to make certain the failure or destruction of the scandal doomed her chances for election

Examples of doom in a sentence

  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



DOOM Defined for English Language Learners

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doom

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noun \ˈdüm\

Definition of doom for English Language Learners

  • : very bad events or situations that cannot be avoided

  • : death or ruin


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doom

verb

Definition of doom for English Language Learners

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


DOOM Defined for Kids

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doom

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noun \ˈdüm\

Definition of doom for Students

  1. 1 :  a terrible or unhappy ending or happening The news is full of doom and gloom.

  2. 2 :  death 1 He met his doom.


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doom

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Definition of doom for Students

doomed

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dooming

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



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