Meaning of foredoom in English:


Pronunciation /fɔːˈduːm/


[with object]
  • Condemn beforehand to certain failure or destruction.

    ‘the policy is foredoomed to failure’
    • ‘A car bomb was foredoomed to failure, since winding security roads had been set up outside the gate of the base, and the US military is ready for that sort of attack.’
    • ‘The state's intelligence mechanisms are constrained by a larger structural and ideological environment and by the inherent irrationality of a foreign policy which foredooms any effort to base action on informed insight to a chimera.’
    • ‘But to redefine fundamentals so endowment policies are now foredoomed to underperform equity markets is not in investors' interests and is arguably no business of the FSA.’
    • ‘One must therefore reject the notion that an argument for celibacy is a futile gesture, foredoomed to failure.’
    • ‘It is one thing to say that the population pressures may harm some human individuals; it is a very different thing indeed to say that they foredoom to failure all devices for improving the lot of the great mass of mankind.’
    • ‘So the program is foredoomed from the start.’
    • ‘Of course, the gaining of this knowledge foredooms the recipient to an eternal and compulsive lust for more.’
    • ‘The Confederacy was probably foredoomed at its birth.’
    • ‘To require the accused to show that the conduct of his or her defence was prejudiced would foredoom any application for even the most modest remedy where the material has not been produced.’
    • ‘Being outgunned need not foredoom you to being outfought.’
    • ‘Inadequate preparation results in incompetent workmanship and that foredooms one to failure.’
    • ‘The attempt to resurrect capitalism in Russia foredooms it to the role of a second-rate power.’
    • ‘The persistent hallucination of an imaginary person foredooms a gray future for which she has neither map nor compass.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most visible impact of this process of routinisation is a lack of sensitivity and engagement that foredooms many programmes to failure.’
    • ‘Blixen's repeated attempts to establish a coffee plantation were foredoomed because neither the soil nor the altitude was right for such a venture.’
    • ‘Biology is no guarantee of a happy parental experience, and adoption doesn't foredoom one to an unhappy experience.’
    • ‘Most ‘premarital counseling’ is too short and surface-level to change the interpersonal ineptness and emotional deafness that foredooms millions of marriages to failure.’
    • ‘For the strident opposition to gun ownership that characterizes the antigun lobby foredooms the cooperation that is essential if better controls are to be enacted and obeyed.’
    • ‘Now what are the chief objections to modern science, which foredoom it to failure and justify Occultism in decrying it?’
    • ‘Some texts say that God wants everyone to be saved, while others say that God foredooms people to damnation.’
    ill-fated, doomed, blighted, ill-omened, foredoomed, infelicitous