Synonyms & Antonyms of doom

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1 a decision made by a court or tribunal regarding a case it has heard
  • the judge solemnly pronounced his doom before a hushed courtroom

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2 a state or end that seemingly has been decided beforehand
  • it was her doom to be haunted by the memory of that terrible day

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3 the permanent stopping of all the vital bodily activities
  • met his doom at the hands of a rampaging rhinoceros

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Synonyms & Antonyms of doom (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to determine the fate of in advance
  • the actor felt that he was doomed to be forever remembered for that one terrible performance

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2 to impose a judicial punishment on
  • doomed the murderer to life in prison without the possibility of parole

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How is the word doom distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of doom are destiny, fate, lot, and portion. While all these words mean "a predetermined state or end," doom distinctly implies a grim or calamitous fate.

if the rebellion fails, his doom is certain

When is destiny a more appropriate choice than doom?

The words destiny and doom can be used in similar contexts, but 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

When would fate be a good substitute for doom?

While in some cases nearly identical to doom, fate implies an inevitable and usually an adverse outcome.

the fate of the submarine is unknown

How are the words lot and portion related as synonyms of doom?

Both lot and portion imply a distribution by fate or destiny, lot suggesting blind chance.

it was her lot to die childless

In what contexts can portion take the place of doom?

Although the words portion and doom have much in common, portion implies the apportioning of good and evil.

remorse was his daily portion

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

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“Doom.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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