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 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.