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 In this doom, between Zagreus’ failures, the player lives. Joshua Rivera, Wired, "Video Game Hell Isn’t Nearly Agonizing Enough," 22 Dec. 2020 The first came straight out of the desert and descended on Benghazi like a cloak of hot gritty doom. Richard Mason, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | RICHARD MASON: It's hard to love a howling wind," 21 Dec. 2020 Later invasions by assorted barbarians met a similar doom. The Economist, "Bloodsuckers How malaria has shaped humanity," 16 Dec. 2020 Politicians and an army of rent-seekers sell doom to win elections and attain billions, if not trillions, in government subsidies and transfers. William Levin, National Review, "We Have Time to Prevent Climate Change," 15 Dec. 2020 The irrepressible violinist, one of the world’s great instrumental virtuosos, also proved a virtuoso of moods, from exhilaration to doom. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Best classical music of 2020: 10 heroes who came to our rescue in a horrendous year," 8 Dec. 2020 At the onset of the pandemic, warnings of start-up doom abounded. New York Times, "‘This Is Insanity’: Start-Ups End Year in a Deal Frenzy," 7 Dec. 2020 Minnesota already has a 300-plus page compendium of doom called the State Hazard Mitigation Plan. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, "New index shows riskiest places for Minnesota's natural hazards," 5 Dec. 2020 Across the nation, testing teams are grappling with burnout, repetitive-stress injuries and an overwhelming sense of doom. New York Times, "‘Nobody Sees Us’: Testing-Lab Workers Strain Under Demand," 3 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Jets stacked the box and hoped their league-worst coverage skills against tight ends wouldn’t doom them. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "A crushing loss, a missed opportunity for Browns: Quick Thoughts," 27 Dec. 2020 The Magic could have let a 4:16 scoring drought in the fourth quarter doom them. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Evan Fournier leads Magic to season-opening win over Heat," 23 Dec. 2020 More than once, Barr warned Trump that his tweets urging investigations of political rivals would doom any such probes, according to Justice Department officials. Del Quentin Wilber, Los Angeles Times, "U.S. Atty. Gen. Barr steps down amid tumult at Justice Department," 14 Dec. 2020 In other words, the company, with its $179 billion balance sheet, could deploy that much toward trying to create a vaccine without fear that failure would doom the company. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "The Pandemic Is Showing Us How Capitalism Is Amazing, and Inadequate," 14 Nov. 2020 Some villagers called the gold a blessing, others a curse that would doom anyone touching it. New York Times, "Treasure Washes Up on Venezuela’s Shore, Bringing Gold and Hope to a Village," 12 Dec. 2020 In our highly competitive world, tempo can propel you to new heights when harnessed or doom you to shortfalls when squandered. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "A leadership lesson from The Queen’s Gambit," 12 Dec. 2020 Of all the trains to doom, Gronowski's became especially etched in Holocaust history. Matina Stevis-gridneff New York Times, Star Tribune, "A Holocaust survivor lifts neighbors in dark times," 4 Dec. 2020 My fave’s now favipiravir, Which won’t let covid doom us! Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1413: We’re finna give you some new words," 3 Dec. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for doom

Time Traveler

The first known use of doom was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

29 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Doom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doom. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for doom

doom

noun
How to pronounce doom (audio)

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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