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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 Some, such as percent and et cetera, will probably be used in English till the crack of doom. Anthony Grant, Quartz, "‘Quid pro quo’ is more legalese than Latin," 25 Nov. 2019 The prophets of doom are right; the auto show is fast becoming a spent force. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "What do the concept cars of the LA Auto Show tell us about the future?," 24 Nov. 2019 There’s little evidence yet that the doom loop has been broken. Alexander Weber | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Europe’s Banking Union," 8 Nov. 2019 Can the Great Barrier Reef be a point of inspiration, rather than a point of doom? National Geographic, "How to mix style and sustainability," 23 Oct. 2019 Can the Great Barrier Reef be a point of inspiration, rather than a point of doom? Jessica Wynne Lockhart, Smithsonian, "Massive Citizen Science Effort Seeks to Survey the Entire Great Barrier Reef," 17 Oct. 2019 The Nationals’ eighth inning initially didn’t do much to alter this sense of doom. Emma Baccellieri,, "Nationals Finally Taste Postseason Victory in NL Wild Card," 1 Oct. 2019 This string of high-profile stumbles has raised questions about the health of the broader market, and the economy—and given rise to clashing theories of impending doom. Wired, "Stumbles at Uber and WeWork Don't Mean the End of Tech," 3 Oct. 2019 Betting the over is another option to take advantage of Ole Miss’ impending doom. Christopher Smith, al, "Betting Alabama-Ole Miss over will make you money," 23 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After all, any design process that involves more than one person at the helm, that one person who is given the supreme power to make the ultimate decision to prevent catastrophic results, is doomed to both insurmountable strife and painful results. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Decorating a Christmas tree? Here's how to do it without fighting with your partner," 6 Dec. 2019 The failure, however, doesn’t mean lithium-metal batteries are doomed. Akshat Rathi, Quartz, "The death of a promising battery startup exposes harsh market realities," 27 Sep. 2019 Here’s what Gillis had to say about his brief attachment to SNL: Why Gillis is probably was doomed at SNL SNL and its network, NBC, did not immediately comment on the controversy over Gillis. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Comedians have a theory about why SNL hired Shane Gillis—and why he won’t last long," 16 Sep. 2019 However, that bill could be doomed even before it’s introduced, as DeWine signaled his disapproval. Eric Heisig,, "Ohio AG Dave Yost again seeks control of opioid litigation, asks appeals court to halt first federal trial," 30 Aug. 2019 And the same factors that doomed Paradise also put hundreds of other towns at risk, according to an Arizona Republic and USA TODAY analysis of fire hazards across 760 million acres of the American West., "Of small communities across 11 states, more than 500 have a higher wildfire hazard potential than Paradise, Calif.," 23 July 2019 The foreclosure disparity resembles a more familiar scenario from the late 2000s, when subprime lenders targeted specific neighborhoods with risky loans doomed to fail, according to the nation’s lead reverse mortgage researcher. USA Today, "Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure.," 12 June 2019 Some morning drives have doubled or worse, dooming drivers to thousands of hours a year lost to staring at the red river of taillights ahead and wondering why., "Seeing red," 19 Nov. 2019 Are urban dwellers doomed to poor mental health or can planners learn from the mistakes of the past and design cities that will keep us healthy and happy? Sam Rigby, Quartz, "The Scottish city trying to make urban living less miserable," 2 Nov. 2019

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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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8 Dec 2019

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“Doom.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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