doom

noun
\ ˈdüm How to pronounce doom (audio) \

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
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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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

This doom-and-gloom approach to job hunting is out of character for me. refinery29.com, "I Don't Know What I’m Doing Next, But Activism Will Be a Part Of It," 21 June 2018 Even as doom-and-gloom reports suggest robots are poised to replace human labor and automotive upstarts like Tesla Inc. aim to largely remove people from the production line, workers keep toiling side-by-side with machines in Marysville. Bloomberg.com, "Robots Rejected: Humans Still Build the Best New Car You Can Buy," 23 Jan. 2018 On the flip side, doom and gloom blooms adorned with extra cobwebs and spiders to dark hearts' delight. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "The "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Spellman House Was a Spooky Adventure Fit for Instagram," 26 Oct. 2018 The sun enters shadowy Scorpio on Tuesday, October 23, but for you, this celestial movement doesn’t mean doom and gloom. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Pisces Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 Back in March, forecasts of severe doom and gloom went viral on Facebook (but had absolutely no credibility). Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Hurricane season begins in two weeks, but hype season is in full swing," 15 May 2018 But that doom and gloom might be lifted by numbers in the new CNN-SSRS national poll, numbers that suggest that, at least at the moment, Republicans are not headed for a total pounding in 180 days. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The new CNN poll has some actual good news for Republicans," 9 May 2018 Afterlife with Archie cheerfully drops bloody gobbets of doom on the carefree world of Riverdale. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Why zombies are so hilarious," 5 Dec. 2018 The effects of globalization and the digital divide were icing on an already baking doom-cake. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "In America’s ‘geography of despair,’ how to help the left-behind places?," 21 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Clinton claimed that the action doomed her campaign. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Senate judiciary panel grills Justice inspector general, FBI director on Clinton email probe," 18 June 2018 But some observers wonder whether rising rents and a lack of affordable housing in the area will ultimately doom the project. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Are giant tents the answer to Sacramento's homeless crisis? Observers aren't so sure | The Sacramento Bee," 27 May 2018 The bank—a pristine example of Googie architecture—was, in 2016, designated a historic cultural monument, but it was doomed to demolition by a subsequent ruling. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "Inside Frank Gehry's Overhaul of Garden of Allah, L.A.’s Most Infamous Corner," 25 Feb. 2019 Breyer agreed with the majority of the court that part of the law must be struck down but said that should not have doomed the rest of the law. Jessica Gresko, courant.com, "Supreme Court Makes Sports Betting A Possibility Nationwide," 14 May 2018 Winning Isn't Everything: Why 'Everyone Gets a Turn' May Be Good for Little Kids by Leslie Goldman One thing is for sure: kids’ sports are doomed. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018 Those crushes were doomed to fail by lunch, but this song remains an absolute classic. Kat Bein, Billboard, "10 Songs About Angels," 30 Jan. 2018 That's right, Ari failed to mention Nathan Sykes, former member of The Wanted and man doomed to be remembered as the ex who taught Ari nothing. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is Nathan Sykes? All About Ariana Grande's Ex Missing From "Thank U, Next"," 8 Nov. 2018 The contours of his tragedy, as with many of Shakespeare’s doomed characters, are startlingly familiar at a time when Americans are deeply divided over the fate of the country and its people. Katie Kosma, Longreads, "Frailty, Thy Name Is Immigration Control," 15 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 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.

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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