Definition of doom in English:

doom

noun

mass noun
  • 1Death, destruction, or some other terrible fate.

    ‘the aircraft was sent crashing to its doom in the water’
    • ‘Since the real world is more frightening than the void, thoughts turn to impending doom, death and suicide.’
    • ‘She didn't want to turn evil and hand the world to its doom.’
    • ‘The rat squeals and fights, sensing it may be headed to its doom.’
    • ‘Why are they looking at me as if this dream spells impending doom?’
    • ‘I have to work today with this feeling of impending doom hanging over me.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, their votes spell certain doom for other countries, other innocent people.’
    • ‘For most teams, the loss of their star player would spell almost certain doom.’
    • ‘She was filled with a sickly sense of fear and the realization that she was facing her own imminent doom.’
    • ‘Elm tree shadows crept across the street and spelled doom for my project.’
    • ‘However, its inevitable collapse spelled doom for the many colonies that were dependent on it.’
    • ‘There is one state that is an infallible indicator of imminent doom: suffering.’
    • ‘If she does not, the ancient prophecies foretell doom and destruction over all the earth.’
    • ‘They knew only one thing: It foretold their doom.’
    • ‘So the prophets are split neatly between impending economic doom and postponed blight.’
    • ‘Many economists are predicting doom and gloom in the times ahead but racing has never been stronger.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, everyone she films with her cursed camera meets an untimely doom.’
    • ‘Dust filled the air as one by one the vampires met their doom.’
    • ‘Transformation as currently practiced carries an appreciable risk of ultimate doom.’
    • ‘The film rumbles along, an ominous sense of marital doom hanging over the entire affair.’
    • ‘There is a longstanding feeling of doom hanging over the offense.’
    destruction, downfall, grim fate, terrible fate, ruin, ruination, rack and ruin, catastrophe, disaster
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    1. 1.1archaic in singular (in Christian belief) the Last Judgement.
      See also crack of doom at crack
      ‘a day like that of the last doom’
      See also crack of doom at crack
      • ‘According to this story, he promised her that if her desire is not fulfilled after this practice, she can catch hold of him at the doom's day.’
      • ‘Cursed by Eve, rejected by Adam, and marked on the brow by an angel of the Lord, Cain sets forth into exile with his wife and children, knowing that they will further the doom of mankind.’
      • ‘Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Condemn to certain death or destruction.

    ‘fuel was spilling out of the damaged wing and the aircraft was doomed’
    • ‘Illicit romance dooms the characters, bringing them closer to death and destruction than ever before and cementing their maturity - or lack thereof - permanently.’
    • ‘However, a star does not have to appear doomed for their death to increase or alter their value.’
    • ‘But no, releasing this wasp out into the cold would doom it for sure, and I'm feeling too much cabin-fever kinship with her.’
    • ‘Failure to satisfy both components dooms the program.’
    • ‘I can tell you, some Republicans privately saying they think this dooms his potential presidential chances in 2008.’
    • ‘Though the number of speakers declined again in the 1990s, there is nothing intrinsic in the nature of the language or its circumstances that dooms it.’
    • ‘I am part of that menacing statistic that essentially dooms love from the very beginning.’
    • ‘Querulousness, arrogance and an erratic streak alienated even his closest supporters, dooming his place in history.’
    • ‘From my vantage point, I quickly came to the conclusion that bad journalism was dooming the business of Internet content.’
    • ‘The contact caused a small crack in the wing, allowing hot gas to seep in on re-entry, destroying the wing and dooming the crew.’
    • ‘What made it useful in an earlier world is dooming it in this one.’
    • ‘Mike hardly ever looks at girls, and when he does, the relationship is doomed from the start.’
    • ‘Their brief marriage was clearly doomed from the start by her parents' snobbish condescension.’
    • ‘But the project was doomed from the very outset.’
    • ‘I realize that the relationship is inevitably doomed.’
    • ‘Despite being financially doomed from the beginning, the promoters never let the party stop.’
    • ‘But all we really see is that the couple was doomed from the get-go.’
    • ‘If she said yes, she was cursed and doomed for eternity.’
    • ‘With the constant drug-taking the marriage was doomed and it lasted just 14 months.’
    • ‘Moreover, the way the authorities went about reform helped to doom their efforts.’
    1. 1.1Cause to have an unfortunate and inescapable outcome.
      ‘her plan was doomed to failure’
      • ‘Is the field of canine cognition doomed forever to repeat this seemingly endless dispute?’
      • ‘All we all doomed to repeat the same mistakes as our mothers?’
      • ‘Otherwise he will be forever doomed to be the victim of his own erudition.’
      • ‘He was going only out of a sense of obligation to an already doomed relationship.’
      • ‘Maybe it was always doomed to be a lost cause.’
      • ‘Alas, the reader - sophisticated or otherwise - is doomed to disappointment.’
      • ‘Looking for a history that isn't there, these hand-wringing malcontents are doomed to disappointment.’
      • ‘They're firmly locked into delusion, and are doomed to live there forever.’
      • ‘When I was doomed to live in despair, he saved me!’
      • ‘The workers held out for three days, but they were doomed to defeat.’
      • ‘Is my slothful old age doomed to gloomy obscurity?’
      • ‘If we don't allow any quality commercial development then the town is doomed to a mediocre fate.’
      • ‘Most of these duplicated segments are doomed to oblivion, because any proteins their genes produce are redundant.’
      • ‘To start a project and then determine you or your staff is not able to commit the time needed will doom your project to sure failure.’
      • ‘If you go by what the experts and data crunchers say, the worker bees of the world are dooming the civilized, unhurried meal to an untimely death.’
      • ‘To ignore the current situation would certainly doom the denomination to an untimely death.’
      • ‘It inevitably dooms itself to calamities that must strike it dead.’
      • ‘Failing to recognize the dark side of humanity dooms us to repeat those failings.’
      • ‘Some of us avoid that painful process by diving straight into a new relationship, dooming ourselves to an endlessly repeating pattern of failure, while others remain shattered by the experience for years to come.’
      • ‘Perhaps the promoter may have been able to do something, but the truth is, it's the lack of venues that are dooming our live acts to cancelling and moving to venues that half the audience can't enter.’
      ill-fated, ill-starred, ill-omened, star-crossed, under a curse, cursed, jinxed, foredoomed, hapless, damned, bedevilled, luckless, unlucky
      destine, fate, predestine, ordain, preordain, foredoom, mean, foreordain, consign
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Phrases

    doom and gloom
    • A general feeling of pessimism or despondency.

      ‘the national feeling of doom and gloom’
      • ‘Those who predicted doom and gloom at the start of the campaign will no doubt be feeling rather smug.’
      • ‘‘It's not all gloom and doom,’ he says, with a twinkle in his eye.’
      • ‘The one good thing about all this gloom and doom, I thought to myself, is that it would be highly unlikely that my neighbor's gardeners would appear on a day like this.’
      • ‘While commentators have been casting gloom and doom on the prospects for their opponents, I think every party involved in this election will have some degree of satisfaction.’
      • ‘This is not only good news but encouraging revelations, especially made at the beginning of the year when projections are usually about gloom and doom.’
      • ‘Look, it wasn't all gloom and doom, but like I said - it was getting old.’
      • ‘It's a miraculous way to yank yourself out of gloom and doom.’
      • ‘So the tabloid-style gloom and doom may simply be disinformation.’
      • ‘Nobody is forecasting gloom and doom here, but we are facing challenging times that if not dealt with have serious implications for the entire world.’
      • ‘Is there any good news among all this gloom and doom?’

Origin

Old English dōm ‘statute, judgement’, of Germanic origin, from a base meaning ‘to put in place’; related to do.

Pronunciation

doom

/duːm/