An example of doom is someone driving into a tornado and being killed.
- Historical a statute; decree
- a judgment; esp., a sentence of condemnation
- destiny; fate
- tragic fate; ruin or death
- Judgment Day
Origin of doomMiddle English and amp; Old English dom, literally , what is laid down, decree, akin to Gothic doms, judgment ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dh?-: see do
- to pronounce judgment on; condemn; sentence
- to destine to a tragic fate
- to ordain as a penalty
- Inevitable destruction or ruin: a tyrant who finally met his doom.
- A decision or judgment, especially an official condemnation to a severe penalty.
- Judgment Day.
- A statute or ordinance, especially one in force in Anglo-Saxon England.
transitive verbdoomed, doom·ing, dooms
- To condemn to ruination or death.
- To cause to come to an inevitable bad end; destine to end badly: “With the benefit of hindsight, the fans felt that they knew all along that the Red Sox were doomed to lose” (Daniel L. Schachter).
Origin of doomMiddle English dom, from Old English dōm, judgment; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural dooms)
- (countable, historical) A law.
- (countable, historical) A judgment or decision.
- (countable, historical) A sentence or penalty for an illegality or type of illegality.
- They met an untimely doom when the mineshaft caved in.
- Destiny, especially terrible.
- An ill fate; an impending severe occurrence or danger that seems inevitable.
- A feeling of danger, impending danger, darkness or despair.
- (sometimes capitalized) The Last Judgment; or, an artistic representation of it.
- (ill fate): fortune
(third-person singular simple present dooms, present participle dooming, simple past and past participle doomed)
From Middle English dome, dom, from Old English dōm (“judgement”), from Proto-Germanic *dōmaz, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰóh₁mos. Compare West Frisian doem, Dutch doem, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish dom, Icelandic dómur. See also deem.
- (video games, trademark) A popular first-person shooter video game, often regarded as the father of the genre.
Written and trademarked as DOOM in capital letters.