fate or destiny, especially adverse fate; unavoidable ill fortune: In exile and poverty, he met his doom.
ruin; death: to fall to one's doom.
a judgment, decision, or sentence, especially an unfavorable one: The judge pronounced the defendant's doom.
the Last Judgment, at the end of the world.
Obsolete. a statute, enactment, or legal judgment.
verb (used with object)
to destine, especially to an adverse fate.
to pronounce judgment against; condemn.
to ordain or fix as a sentence or fate.

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

doomy, adjective
predoom, verb (used with object)
self-doomed, adjective

1. See fate. 3. condemnation. 6. predestine. Unabridged
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doom (duːm)
1.  death or a terrible fate
2.  a judgment or decision
3.  (sometimes capital) another term for the Last Judgment
4.  (tr) to destine or condemn to death or a terrible fate
[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]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. dom "law, judgment, condemnation," from P.Gmc. *domaz, from PIE root *dhe- (cf. Skt. dhaman- "law," Gk. themis "law," Lith. dome "attention"), lit. "to set, put" (see factitious). A book of laws in O.E. was a dombec. Modern sense of "fate, ruin, destruction" is c.1600,
from the finality of the Christian Judgment Day. Related: Doomed.
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Example sentences
But it was the third expedition that was truly doomed.
Lacking public support, some early cell phone technology was doomed to failure.
But in his new profession he was still doomed to disappointment.
We are not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline.
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