1805–15; doom + -s1 Unabridged


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
Whether this dooms him depends on whether it really is the economy that makes or breaks a presidential campaign.
And an opposition that never compromises dooms the nation to gridlock.
It was a tearjerker with a lurid plot, in which the local saloon dooms a whole town to sorrow and despair.
Dooms cannot enter restaurants and are discriminated at public schools.
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