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 The Olympics are in a doom loop: Their governing body essentially treats the abuses and impositions meted out to the residents of host cities as a given. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 20 Nov. 2021 Some people even express having feelings of impending doom or unreality. Eleesha Lockett, SELF, 18 Nov. 2021 Catherine lumbers around the palace with a belly that gets larger and larger, and there’s just no getting around the feeling of portending doom. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 17 Nov. 2021 With the Cowboys sitting at 6-2 and coming off their first defeat since the season opener, this is no time to be predicting doom, of course. San Antonio Express-News, 13 Nov. 2021 The risk for policy-makers is a doom loop whereby inflation today begets more inflation tomorrow. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 13 Nov. 2021 The Quigley’s shadow of doom spreads to each person who comes in contact with the house, or who plans to. Oline H. Cogdill, sun-sentinel.com, 9 Nov. 2021 Her newest is strange, enchanting and funny: a work about motherhood, doom, regret and the magic — dark, benevolent and every shade in between — of words on paper. Molly Young, New York Times, 2 Nov. 2021 Conversations provide the groundwork for what is happening and why, silence suggests impending doom based on the music that often precedes it, and sound effects are directly tied to plot points in a script. Nina Corcoran, Wired, 30 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The House passed that measure last week, but Republican opposition would almost certainly doom it in the Senate. Arkansas Online, 1 Oct. 2021 Imagine trying to get a look off only to doom yourself to weeks of breakage! Jihan Forbes, Allure, 25 Oct. 2021 Franzen explores this struggle through Marion, whose life before Russ involved a self-destructive pursuit of a married man, and Perry, whose intellect seems destined to doom him. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2021 The House passed that measure last week, but Republican opposition would almost certainly doom it in the Senate. Arkansas Online, 1 Oct. 2021 The House passed that measure last week, but Republican opposition would almost certainly doom it in the Senate. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Sep. 2021 The House passed that measure last week, but Republican opposition would almost certainly doom it in the Senate. Jim Salter, chicagotribune.com, 30 Sep. 2021 However, the game Trump has dragged the GOP into is a trap that will doom it. Michael D'antonio, CNN, 27 Sep. 2021 Despite the gap in time and space, the mountain lions are reproducing two of the exact defects that the panthers manifested—defects that were forecast to doom them to extinction. Craig Pittman, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doom. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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