follow Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com's Word of the Year is...

doom

[doom] /dum/
noun
1.
fate or destiny, especially adverse fate; unavoidable ill fortune:
In exile and poverty, he met his doom.
2.
ruin; death:
to fall to one's doom.
3.
a judgment, decision, or sentence, especially an unfavorable one:
The judge pronounced the defendant's doom.
4.
the Last Judgment, at the end of the world.
5.
Obsolete. a statute, enactment, or legal judgment.
verb (used with object)
6.
to destine, especially to an adverse fate.
7.
to pronounce judgment against; condemn.
8.
to ordain or fix as a sentence or fate.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English dome, dōm, Old English dōm judgment, law; cognate with Old Norse dōmr, Gothic dōms; compare Sanskrit dhā́man, Greek thémis law; see do1, deem
Related forms
doomy, adjective
predoom, verb (used with object)
self-doomed, adjective
Synonyms
1. See fate. 3. condemnation. 6. predestine.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for doom
  • However, the news is not all doom and gloom by a long shot.
  • Yet contrary to repeated forecasts of doom from orthodox economists, the economy is roaring.
  • To do nothing is to doom a decent but egocentric species to extinction.
  • Amphibians are lured by a flesh-eating ground beetle larva to their doom.
  • My doom and gloom colleagues really brought me down.
  • When economic conditions changed, risk managers would see that the likelihood of financial doom increased.
  • They offered dispirited accounts of the discussion and foretold certain doom.
  • Let's try and keep this stuff reasonable and not scream headlines of doom.
  • One mistake from you will not spell doom for your students.
  • Water often collected on and covered the asphalt, luring thirsty animals to their doom.
British Dictionary definitions for doom

doom

/duːm/
noun
1.
death or a terrible fate
2.
a judgment or decision
3.
(sometimes capital) another term for the Last Judgment
verb
4.
(transitive) to destine or condemn to death or a terrible fate
Word Origin
Old English dōm; related to Old Norse dōmr judgment, Gothic dōms sentence, Old High German tuom condition, Greek thomos crowd, Sanskrit dhāman custom; see do1, deem, deed, -dom
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for doom
n.

Old English dom "law, judgment, condemnation," from Proto-Germanic *domaz (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian dom, Old Norse domr, Old High German tuom, Gothic doms "judgment, decree"), from PIE root *dhe- (cf. Sanskrit dhaman- "law," Greek themis "law," Lithuanian dome "attention"), literally "to set, put" (see factitious). A book of laws in Old English was a dombec. Modern sense of "fate, ruin, destruction" is c.1600, from the finality of the Christian Judgment Day.

v.

late 14c., from doom (n.). Related: Doomed; dooming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
doom in Technology
games
A simulated 3D moster-hunting action game for IBM PCs, created and published by id Software. The original press release was dated January 1993. A cut-down shareware version v1.0 was released on 10 December 1993 and again with some bug-fixes, as v1.4 in June 1994.
DOOM is similar to Wolfenstein 3d (id Software, Apogee) but has better texture mapping; walls can be at any angle, of any thickness and have windows; lighting can fade into the distance or come from point sources; floors and ceilings can be of any height; many surfaces are animated; up to four players can play over a network or two by serial link; it has a high frame rate (comparable to TV on a 486/33); DOOM isn't just a collection of connected closed rooms like Wolfenstein but sounds can travel anywhere and alert monsters of your approach.
The shareware version is available from these sites: Cactus (ftp://cactus.org/pub/IHHD/multi-player/), Manitoba (ftp://ftp.cc.umanitoba.ca/pub/doom/), UK (ftp://ftp.demon.co.uk/pub/ibmpc/games/id/), South Africa (ftp://ftp.sun.ac.za/pub/msdos/games/id/), UWP ftp (ftp://archive.uwp.edu/pub/msdos/games/id/), UWP http (http://archive.uwp.edu/pub/msdos/games/id/), Finland (ftp://ftp.funet.fi/pub/msdos/games/id), Washington (ftp://wuarchive.wustl.edu/pub/MSDOS_UPLOADS/games/doom).
A FAQ by Hank Leukart: UWP (ftp://ftp.uwp.edu/pub/msdos/games/id/home-brew/doom), Washington (ftp://wuarchive.wustl.edu/pub/MSDOS_UPLOADS/games/doomstuff). FAQ on WWW (http://venom.st.hmc.edu/~tkelly/doomfaq/intro.html). Other links (http://gamesdomain.co.uk/descript/doom.html).
Usenet newsgroups: news:rec.games.computer.doom.announce, news:rec.games.computer.doom.editing, news:rec.games.computer.doom.help, news:rec.games.computer.doom.misc, news:rec.games.computer.doom.playing, news:alt.games.doom, news:comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, news:comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.announce, news:comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.misc.
Mailing List: ("sub DOOML" in the message body, no subject).
Telephone: +44 (1222) 362 361 - the UK's first multi-player DOOM and games server.
(1994-12-14)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for doom

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for doom

7
8
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with doom

Nearby words for doom