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[doom] /dum/
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.
Origin of doom
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
1. See fate. 3. condemnation. 6. predestine. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for doomed
  • 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.
  • Nevertheless, the fortunes of this doomed household awaken interest and pity.
  • We are not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline.
  • But these were the dreams of a poet doomed at last to wake a lexicographer.
  • Light and air acquired a legal claim, and where the sun shines into the slum, the slum is doomed.
  • Popular statements as to the extreme poverty of expression to which primitive languages are doomed are simply myths.
  • In its present form stock-raising on the plains is doomed, and can hardly outlast the century.
  • The elk is unfortunately one of those animals seemingly doomed to total destruction at no distant date.
British Dictionary definitions for doomed


death or a terrible fate
a judgment or decision
(sometimes capital) another term for the Last Judgment
(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
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Word Origin and History for doomed



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.


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

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