\ 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


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 There’s a general sense of strangulating grief-doom, dramatized with scenes where crazy stuff happens to someone who suddenly WAKES UP in their bed. Darren Franich,, "The Outsider throws a great cast into a Very Long Procedural: Review," 9 Jan. 2020 The onset of doom, for them, ends with trophies and parades, with Bill Belichick cracking his annual half-smile and Tom Brady somehow looking younger. Adam Kilgore,, "Questions keep stacking up against Patriots, and answers aren’t easy to find," 9 Dec. 2019 For a species, a tipping point can spell doom, as an environmental catastrophe pushes a population to the brink. Wired, "Our Planet May Be Barreling Toward a Tipping Point," 27 Nov. 2019 Threads of shoe-gaze, classical minimalism, doom, ambient, and post-rock get woven together in Mono’s music, which does an admirable job of carving out its own unique place that feels joyous, pensive and brooding. John Adamian,, "Mono, coming to the Ballroom, makes elegant, hazy instrumental rock," 16 Nov. 2019 For younger kids, there is some doom and gloom but it's offset by humor, friendship and romance. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Simba, Zazu and Scar are heading to Louisville with Disney's 'The Lion King' on Broadway," 25 Oct. 2019 All the doom and gloom aside, the time is upon you to one-up your pals with some factual knowledge, courtesy of Opta, that is sure to earn you brownie points in the everlasting battle to have the biggest footballing brain., "Wolves vs Watford: 8 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates Ahead of Premier League Clash," 28 Sep. 2019 Rather than going to her ninth circle doom, OG Sabrina finds the version of herself who has been completing the Unholy Regalia in the new, safe timeline. Ariana Romero,, "How The Heaven Does CAOS‘ Time-Splitting Ending Actually Work?," 24 Jan. 2020 Buttigieg's lack of minority support could spell doom for his campaign. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "'Didn't understand our experiences': Buttigieg receives cold reception from minority Iowans," 20 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In turning around, Orpheus dooms Eurydice to be trapped there forever. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ filmmaker Céline Sciamma on the female gaze and her ‘architecture of desires’," 13 Feb. 2020 Pricing a product without doing the necessary homework on the cost of goods and the reimbursement and payment dynamic can doom a company to failure. Paul Grand, STAT, "10 reasons why health care startups fail," 10 Feb. 2020 That lack of offensive punch doomed UNT in a 51-50 loss to the Blazers at the Super Pit. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Women's basketball: Offensive struggles haunt UNT in loss to UAB," 8 Feb. 2020 Without power from the engines to lift the plane, Flight EK521 coming from Thiruvananthapuram, India, was doomed to crash on the runway at Dubai International Airport on Aug. 3, 2016. Washington Post, "Report: Emirates pilots unaware engines idle in 2016 crash," 6 Feb. 2020 Another inconsistent initial phase at Indiana again doomed No. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball finding slow starts, road woes don't mix," 25 Jan. 2020 This can doom Golden State against even the ineptest of franchises. Connor Letourneau,, "Steve Kerr gets ejected as Warriors lose fifth straight," 6 Jan. 2020 But the Democrats’ failure to test those claims with vigorous court challenges may not only doom their efforts to remove Trump from office, but also set a precedent that limits congressional oversight for years to come. Eric Zorn,, "Column: Democrats need to serve subpoenas, not witty retorts, to counter Republican complaints about hearsay at Trump impeachment hearings," 14 Nov. 2019 Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, offered a series of amendments to subpoena White House and administration officials, an effort that was doomed to fail after the first amendment was rejected in a straight party line vote of 53 to 47. CBS News, "Impeachment trial: Senate rejects Democrats' calls for early witnesses in hours-long debate," 22 Jan. 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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The first known use of doom was before the 12th century

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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Doom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 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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