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  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)

  1. to destine, especially to an adverse fate.
  2. to pronounce judgment against; condemn.
  3. to ordain or fix as a sentence or fate.


  1. death or a terrible fate
  2. a judgment or decision
  3. (sometimes capital) another term for the Last Judgment


  1. (tr) to destine or condemn to death or a terrible fate

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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