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 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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Old Hollywood—the establishment that so long ago had spurned young Billy Wilkerson—was doomed to a lingering death. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "‘Hollywood Godfather’ Review: Shaking Down Tinseltown," 27 Dec. 2018 Not knowing how to correct for the malfunction, the aircrew and their passengers were doomed. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Indonesia 737 crash caused by “safety” feature change pilots weren’t told of," 13 Nov. 2018 Perhaps no feeling was more horrifying to a soldier in the Civil War than the realization deep into a charge against the enemy that the assault was doomed. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Newly Unearthed Civil War Bones Speak Silently to the Grim Aftermath of Battle," 20 June 2018 The show has to deal with the fact that all of its characters are doomed, and its eventual endpoint was first established 80 years ago. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "What Syfy’s Superman prequel series Krypton is doing right," 12 Apr. 2018 But Purdue is not doomed to the doghouse, and Butler is not suddenly in the catbird’s seat, because Haas won’t play Sunday. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Purdue loaded without Isaac Haas, but Butler has an unload button," 17 Mar. 2018 Poland 🇵🇱 Endearing and full of hope, yet always doomed, like The Wire. Roger Bennett, GQ, "Un-American Football: Your Guide to Enjoying This Yankee-Free World Cup," 12 June 2018 Any profile of a web celebrity, then—of the life-on-display breed, anyway—is doomed to failure. Lexi Pandell, WIRED, "Meet Germán Garmendia, the Aggressively Normal YouTube Superstar Who Wants It All," 8 June 2018 His book reminds people that Bill is the only U.S. president ever held in contempt of court and argues that Hillary deserves the public distrust that doomed her presidential chances. Dan Zak, The Seattle Times, "The Starr Report got a president impeached 20 years ago, and Ken Starr wants to remind you why," 11 Sep. 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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