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

Clearly, Democrats are interested in seeing only doom and gloom. Kevin Brady, WSJ, "Six Months After Tax Reform, Something Big Is Happening," 21 June 2018 All the news, however, was not all doom and gloom in Maryland, especially for a pair of former John Carroll athletes. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "Sdanowich, Haggerty share in JMU’s National Women’s Lacrosse Championship," 31 May 2018 But the second-year Diamondbacks manager isn't all doom and gloom, despite the fact that his team has lost 15 of its last 17 games and boasts some of the worst offensive statistics in MLB. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Despite struggles, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo still 'proud' of offense," 28 May 2018 It's been all doom and gloom in Riverdale this season. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "So This Is Why Riverdale Was So Violent This Season," 16 May 2018 The doom-and-gloom can distract from what is genuinely good news. Ezra Klein, Vox, "American democracy has faced worse threats than Donald Trump," 10 May 2018 The warm response to Mary Lee marked a departure from the sheer terror instilled by a shark with the same iconic gray fin that in the 1970s became a universal symbol of impending doom. Tommy Rowan, Philly.com, "Irrational shark fear you can't escape at the Jersey Shore," 5 July 2018 Another day, another gloom-and-doom idea about the Dolphins. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde5: Here's why a fast start looks scheduled for Dolphins," 5 July 2018 One of the men had a man bun, which may have been the cause of his doom. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Bachelorette Watch: Becca Wants a 'Lumberjack for Her Lumberjill'," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And while streaming cable TV shows, movies on demand and podcasts provide increasing competition for Americans’ attention, brick-and-mortar book stores are far from doomed. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Who killed Normal Heights' iconic book store? There's a rogue's gallery of suspects," 4 June 2018 There might be nothing better that speaks to the popularity of cycling in 1896 than people paying to watch a man ride on a bicycle trainer.) The more reflective reporting on the solo six-day doomed its future existence. Todd Balf, Outside Online, "Why Haven't You Heard of Marshall "Major" Taylor?," 19 Apr. 2018 After losing DeMarcus Cousins, the Pelicans' season appeared doomed. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "With the Pelicans Finally Clicking, Can Anthony Davis Steal MVP?," 9 Mar. 2018 Beginning in late 2000, large real estate commitments doomed companies when the internet bubble burst. James S. Cassel, miamiherald, "Prepare now for impacts of new tax bill on middle-market businesses | Miami Herald," 21 Jan. 2018 Even months before the arrival of her brother, Anya could see being 3 with the clear gaze of the doomed. Randall De S, Redbook, "What It Feels Like to Turn 50," 9 Dec. 2013 Neither weather nor malfunction doomed AF447, nor a complex chain of error, but a simple but persistent mistake on the part of one of the pilots. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447," 6 Dec. 2011 Just over a year ago, many thought the Pacers were doomed to years of rebuilding. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "How the Pacers cut Lance Stephenson and he signed to play with LeBron James," 2 July 2018 Alas, for all the enthusiasm and best efforts of so many, the national financial panic of 1893 doomed the project, along with thousands of other projects across the country. Arthur Hart, idahostatesman, "In late 19th century, electric streetcar from Idaho to Spokane was highly anticipated | Idaho Statesman," 27 Apr. 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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