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

By Ann Hornaday | Washington Post When all seems lost and doom is certain, leave it to Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear to swoop in and save the day. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: Woody and Buzz are back and better than ever," 20 June 2019 At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul, which wrapped up last Friday, the majority of the city’s collections were streetwear based, injected with a sense of apocalyptic doom and gloom, or proposed in genderless, yet flamboyant variations. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "Asli Filinta Is the Name to Know From Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Istanbul," 26 Mar. 2019 Sunset, the forty-two-year-old French-Hungarian filmmaker László Nemes’s follow-up to his astonishing 2015 debut Son of Saul, is a gothic melodrama and a modernist period piece, set on the eve of World War I and shadowed by impending doom. The New York Review of Books, "J. Hoberman," 7 Mar. 2019 This could spell doom for the public’s faith in the Court’s separation from the political process — and, thus, for the Court’s legitimacy. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court’s looming legitimacy crisis," 24 Sep. 2018 Rather than a sign of impending doom, however, some investors see a unique opportunity to buy bonds with significant headroom for capital appreciation. Christopher Whittall, WSJ, "Investors See Opportunity in Beaten Down Bonds," 17 Dec. 2018 Besides scrolling through tweets or taking selfies with fans in public, Chrissy also appreciates all the wonderfully odd (and sometimes spot-on) fan theories the internet has to offer — even the ones that suggest doom in Kate's future. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Chrissy Metz Says This Is Us Fans Have Kate All Wrong," 19 Mar. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Factor in the Orioles’ 2018 trainwreck and dwindling attendance, and Mancini was doomed from the start. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: All-Star snub of Orioles' Trey Mancini shows new voting system has same old issues," 4 July 2019 But, this is doomed for failure if there is more than one element to it. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: A war with Iran must be avoided; strong views on what to do about TABOR (6/30/19)," 30 June 2019 Perhaps Libby’s intention—to profile the couple as an unravelling unit—is doomed. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Fleishman Is in Trouble” Turns the Marriage Novel Inside-Out," 27 June 2019 The research, which ZOE founder and Kings College professor Tim Spector expect to be peer-reviewed by the end of the year, hints that one-size-fits-all diets are often doomed to fail. Nicole Blackwood, chicagotribune.com, "Slow down the calorie counting: Personalized diets could be the future of healthy eating, study suggests," 12 June 2019 Meanwhile, the alternatives on the Golden State bench—Cousins, Jordan Bell, Andrew Bogut—might be doomed regardless. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Four Pressing Questions Heading Into Game 4 of NBA Finals," 7 June 2019 Trump’s supporters were not just deplorable, they were doomed to extinction. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy and Its Discontents," 6 June 2019 The recruiting problem has given potential participants leverage and altered their relationship with clinical researchers: a trial that is too burdensome, or forces many participants into a control group, could be doomed to failure from the start. Heidi Ledford, Scientific American, "A Question of Control," 16 May 2019 The Concorde, for example, was doomed by a dearth of customers and an airplane that consumed too much fuel. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Supersonic Airliners Are About to Take Off. Again.," 7 Jan. 2019

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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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