Pronunciation Noun


  1. Destiny, especially terrible.
    • a. 1701, John Dryden, “The First Book of Homer's Ilias”, in The Miscellaneous Works of John Dryden, […], volume IV, London: Printed for J[acob] and R[ichard] Tonson, […], published 1760, OCLC 863244003 ↗, page 415 ↗:
      This, for the night; by day, the web and loom, / And homely houſhold-taſk, ſhall be her doom,
  2. An undesirable fate; an impending severe occurrence or danger that seems inevitable.
  3. A feeling of danger, impending danger, darkness or despair.
  4. (countable, obsolete) A law.
  5. (countable, obsolete) A judgment or decision.
  6. (countable, obsolete) A sentence or penalty for illegal behaviour.
    • The first dooms of London provide especially the recovery of cattle belonging to the citizens.
    • 1885, W[illiam] S[chwenck] Gilbert; Arthur Sullivan, composer, “A More Humane Mikado”, in […] The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu, London: Chappel & Co., […], OCLC 25083293 ↗, Act II, page 36 ↗:
      The billiard sharp whom anyone catches / His doom’s extremely hard— / He’s made to dwell— / In a dungeon cell / On a spot that’s always barred.
  7. Death.
    They met an untimely doom when the mineshaft caved in.
  8. (sometimes capitalized) The Last Judgment; or, an artistic representation thereof.
Antonyms Related terms Translations
  • Italian: sentenza
  • Russian: Стра́шный суд
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • German: drohendes Unheil
  • Italian: presagio
  • Russian: предчу́вствие

doom (dooms, present participle dooming; past and past participle doomed)

  1. To pronounce sentence or judgment on; to condemn.
    a criminal doomed to death
    • Absolves the just, and dooms the guilty souls.
  2. To destine; to fix irrevocably the ill fate of.
    • 1911, Thomas Babington Macaulay, “[,_Oliver Goldsmith, Oliver]”, in 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica:
      A man of genius […] doomed to struggle with difficulties.
  3. (obsolete) To judge; to estimate or determine as a judge.
  4. (obsolete) To ordain as a penalty; hence, to mulct or fine.
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      Have I tongue to doom my brother's death?
  5. (archaic, US, New England) To assess a tax upon, by estimate or at discretion.
Proper noun
  1. (video games) A popular first-person shooter video game, often regarded as the progenitor of the genre.

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