doom

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noun

1
: a law or ordinance especially in Anglo-Saxon England
2
a
: judgment, decision
especially : a judicial condemnation or sentence
3
a
: destiny
especially : unhappy destiny
b
: death, ruin

doom

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verb

doomed; dooming; dooms

transitive verb

1
: to give judgment against : condemn
2
a
: 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
Choose the Right Synonym for doom

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

Example Sentences

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. the actor felt that he was doomed to be forever remembered for that one terrible performance
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Kayce’s season-long journey is sandwiched into ten minutes of hallucinatory screen time during which some kind of Dutton doom is prophesied. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 13 Nov. 2022 The trajectory of the series went from gloom to doom to darker still, leading to a finale that exploded in violence and wallowed in hopelessness (with a moment or two of romance and heroism). Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 10 Nov. 2022 With the consensus that modeled outcomes won’t be as bad as previously thought, researchers are already shifting their concern to the possibility of unexpected, low-probability, high-consequence tipping points and doom loops. WSJ, 1 Nov. 2022 But while many in Rip City panicked, and some prognosticators predicted doom, Blazers coach Chauncey Billups remained optimistic that the defense he was hired to repair would right itself by the regular season. oregonlive, 31 Oct. 2022 In later years, various folklore emerged citing bats as harbingers of death or doom. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 28 Oct. 2022 Individual aggression, the kind we were encouraged to display on the rugby field, had been replaced by vast impersonal doom. Sophie Lewis, Harper’s Magazine , 26 Oct. 2022 Mayer is not the first to predict potential doom for the German chemicals industry. David Meyer, Fortune, 25 Oct. 2022 This not only provides one final harrowing death for a very violent season, but stands as a harbinger for the eventual doom of House Targaryen and its dependence on these fire-breathing beasts. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 24 Oct. 2022
Verb
Those are the kind of mistakes that could doom Georgia in close games with the toughest part of its schedule looming. Mark Long, ajc, 30 Oct. 2022 But special teams errors — Mark Ruffolo missed a field goal and had a PAT blocked; another point-after try failed on a bad snap — helped doom UK. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 2 Oct. 2022 Political observers say those ties might doom Cox with Maryland’s larger electorate in November, one that gave Biden a 33 percentage-point win over Trump in 2020. Sam Janesch, Baltimore Sun, 24 Aug. 2022 Statehood proponents also overlook the second and largest impediment, which has doomed their efforts for decades and will doom this one: widespread opposition in Congress. Alberto C. Medina, The New Republic, 20 July 2022 Having disagreements won’t doom their chances either, but together, Ayton and Williams have an opportunity this season to make championship history together. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 18 Oct. 2022 Still, an ambrosia beetle population in an older tree doesn’t necessarily doom it, though young trees are more likely to succumb and any wound in the bark has the potential to become infected by opportunistic fungal cankers. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 13 Oct. 2022 But a growing number of Conservatives feel that Johnson is now a liability who will doom them to defeat at the next election, which must be held by 2024. Jill Lawless, BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2022 But a growing number of Conservatives feel that Mr. Johnson is now a liability who will doom them to defeat at the next election, which must be held by 2024. Jill Lawless, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old English dōm; akin to Old High German tuom condition, state, Old English dōn to do

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Doom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doom. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

doom 1 of 2

noun

1
: a decision made by a court : sentence
2
a
: a usually unhappy end

doom

2 of 2

verb

1
2
: to set on a fixed course to an unhappy end
the plan was doomed to failure

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