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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


doomed; dooming; dooms

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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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 The doom and gloom isn’t all the media’s fault, though. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "Doomscrolling Is Slowly Eroding Your Mental Health," 25 June 2020 But a loss in any one of them would likely spell electoral doom for Trump. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Biden leads Trump in Texas and Georgia: Fox News poll," 25 June 2020 This dust cloud isn't another symbol of doom in this... Abigail Rosenthal, Houston Chronicle, "African dust cloud will arrive in Texas this week, causing irritating symptoms for some," 22 June 2020 Soon, some people began to predict doom for America’s biggest cities. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The High Cost of Panic-Moving," 15 June 2020 The impending doom of the 2021 CBA expiration will hang over the game like a thunderhead. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "MLB’s miserable week of snarky negotiations leads to new marketing campaign: The less, the better," 14 June 2020 In Decker’s vision, motherhood turns out to be as much a harbinger of doom as any devil in the corner: an announcement of bad tidings for the mother, tying her to house and home or dooming her to death. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "Shirley Jackson and the Horrors of Marriage," 12 June 2020 Of course, bankruptcy doesn't necessarily spell doom. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Bracing for the next phase of the coronavirus recession: Bankruptcies," 9 June 2020 How to Take Photos at Protests Safely—and Responsibly Impending white doom is a recurring scene in our nation. Jason Parham, Wired, "The Role of Fantasy in Times of Radical Unrest," 5 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Could Trump gain momentum as the economy reopens or will another lockdown doom his reelection? Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Buzz: Trump base cracking, Kellyanne Conway on Biden VP, new Gerald Ford Foundation boss," 30 June 2020 In what was expected to be a close race against Republican Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York, the loss of a couple of Southern states would likely doom Truman’s prospects, the insurgents thought. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "The Western Origins of the “Southern Strategy”," 29 June 2020 But its leaders calculated that annexation would bring global opprobrium, destabilise the region and doom the two-state solution—the idea that a Palestinian state and a Jewish one might one day peacefully co-exist. The Economist, "Consider the cost Underestimating the risks of annexation," 27 June 2020 The shutdowns likely will doom many bars that had been open for less than a month. Paul Stephen,, "Texas bar shutdown likely dooms many San Antonio-area bars," 26 June 2020 House Ways & Means Chairman Brett Harrell, R-Snellville, indicated that adding a cigarette tax hike to the vaping bill - Senate Bill 375 - would doom its chances. James Salzer, ajc, "Georgia House panel takes another stab at new tax on vaping products," 24 June 2020 Her hefty financial lead doesn't doom Booker, though. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Can Charles Booker really pull this off and defeat Amy McGrath in US Senate primary?," 20 June 2020 Lynn had thought the war would doom her chance of success. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Dame Vera Lynn, World War II forces sweetheart and 'We'll Meet Again' singer, dies at 103," 19 June 2020 But the thing that probably did the most to doom Humphrey had nothing to do with race and riots: Nixon, using Anna Chennault as an intermediary, convinced South Vietnamese officials to scuttle their peace talks before the November election. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Flawed Politics of a Law-and-Order Campaign," 31 May 2020

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First Known Use of doom


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


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for doom


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

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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Doom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of doom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very bad events or situations that cannot be avoided
: death or ruin



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

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


\ ˈdüm How to pronounce doom (audio) \

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.


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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