doom

noun
\ˈdüm \

Definition of doom 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2a : judgment, decision especially : a judicial condemnation or sentence

3a : destiny especially : unhappy destiny

b : death, ruin

doom

verb

Definition of doom (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give judgment against : condemn

2a : 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

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Noun

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

Examples of doom in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

A criminal record will doom your chances of becoming a politician. had always felt that he was doomed to remain single forever
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One moment in the first half of the film, where a dinosaur faces certain doom, is more emotionally affecting than anything that happens to the human characters. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a stunning disappointment," 22 June 2018 The question becomes: facing imminent(ish) doom, how does one engage meaningfully with the world? Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader, "Too many metaphors spoil the drama in Opportunities of Extinction," 15 June 2018 Decade to doom: Robinson Cano's 80-game drug suspension is a reminder that the testing regimen largely put an end to the atypical run of players defying the aging curve and staying atop their game into their late 30s. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Three up, three down: Justin Verlander and Bryce Harper speak, NL West sinks," 19 May 2018 Cast away the doom and gloom about the Memorial Day weekend forecast. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Memorial Day weekend weather in Washington may turn out much better than expected," 23 May 2018 The people thinking about the gloom and the doom and racing coming to an end is just nonsense. Randy Covitz, USA TODAY, "Drivers see opportunities, fresh ideas in the offing if NASCAR is sold," 11 May 2018 Scott, Hope, Hank and Janet are working on an experiment, seemingly blissfully unaware of the impending doom. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "We Finally Know Why Ant-Man Wasn’t In Avengers: Infinity War," 6 July 2018 Within minutes of the first sighting, social media users joined forces to warn their fellow Brits of the impending doom. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "For Americans, it’s the Fourth of July. For Brits, it’s Flying Ant Day.," 4 July 2018 Impending doom, however, is far from the only reason to study Yellowstone. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Yellowstone's magma chamber is more powerful than we knew. Here's why studying it matters.," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Pirates were down by 4-0 and doomed against a dominant Jake Arrieta. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "Cesar Hernandez clears bases with a single | Extra Innings," 20 Apr. 2018 But there are skeptics that hope reshooting isn't just a sign the film is doomed. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "Questlove of The Roots to DJ official Rock Hall Inductions after party," 12 Mar. 2018 Exactly how free agency plays out next week remains to be seen, but the Dolphins could sign as many as three impact players Wednesday, which would all but doom their chances to get a high comp pick if Landry had simply walked. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "What's next for the Dolphins — and Landry — after Friday’s big trade | Miami Herald," 9 Mar. 2018 With fewer offensive possessions, Oregon State needed to be extra-efficient shooting, yet its stars were held in check -- OSU shot 40.4 percent overall, while Stanford shot 38.3 -- and the last of its 11 turnovers doomed a final rally. Danny Moran, OregonLive.com, "Oregon State men's basketball looks to snap skid against Cal Golden Bears: Preview, live updates," 3 Feb. 2018 The Belgians looked all but doomed when Takahi Inui doubled Japan’s lead in the 52nd minute. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Belgium Rallies From Two-Goal Deficit to Stun Japan in the World Cup," 2 July 2018 This time the requiem is for the white ash tree, a once-abundant, now doomed resource that for more than a century provided northwestern Pennsylvania with industry and identity. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "Ashes of an industry: A Pennsylvania tradition is dying, one baseball bat at a time," 14 June 2018 Frogs' running back Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua are impressive as well, but a couple of turnovers doom TCU's chances. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Purple crystal ball: game-by-game prediction for TCU's 2018 football season," 4 June 2018 For now, the two sides have yet to define denuclearization, a strategic ambiguity that could provide negotiating room or doom the diplomacy altogether. Matt Stiles, latimes.com, "Trump and Kim both want 'denuclearization' but disagree on what that means," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of doom

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for doom

Noun

Middle English, from Old English dōm; akin to Old High German tuom condition, state, Old English dōn to do

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doom

noun

English Language Learners Definition of doom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very bad events or situations that cannot be avoided

: death or ruin

doom

verb

English Language Learners Definition of doom (Entry 2 of 2)

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

doom

noun
\ˈdüm \

Kids Definition of doom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 : death sense 1 He met his doom.

doom

verb
doomed; dooming

Kids Definition of doom (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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