Definition of doom in US English:

doom

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.’
    • ‘So the prophets are split neatly between impending economic doom and postponed blight.’
    • ‘I have to work today with this feeling of impending doom hanging over me.’
    • ‘She didn't want to turn evil and hand the world to its doom.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, everyone she films with her cursed camera meets an untimely doom.’
    • ‘Why are they looking at me as if this dream spells impending 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.’
    • ‘There is one state that is an infallible indicator of imminent doom: suffering.’
    • ‘The rat squeals and fights, sensing it may be headed to its doom.’
    • ‘They knew only one thing: It foretold their doom.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, their votes spell certain doom for other countries, other innocent people.’
    • ‘Elm tree shadows crept across the street and spelled doom for my project.’
    • ‘For most teams, the loss of their star player would spell almost certain doom.’
    • ‘However, its inevitable collapse spelled doom for the many colonies that were dependent on it.’
    • ‘Dust filled the air as one by one the vampires met their doom.’
    • ‘If she does not, the ancient prophecies foretell doom and destruction over all the earth.’
    • ‘Many economists are predicting doom and gloom in the times ahead but racing has never been stronger.’
    • ‘She was filled with a sickly sense of fear and the realization that she was facing her own imminent doom.’
    • ‘Transformation as currently practiced carries an appreciable risk of ultimate doom.’
    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 Judgment.
      • ‘Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

verb

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

    ‘fuel was spilling out of the damaged wing and the aircraft was doomed’
    • ‘But all we really see is that the couple was doomed from the get-go.’
    • ‘However, a star does not have to appear doomed for their death to increase or alter their value.’
    • ‘With the constant drug-taking the marriage was doomed and it lasted just 14 months.’
    • ‘I can tell you, some Republicans privately saying they think this dooms his potential presidential chances in 2008.’
    • ‘Querulousness, arrogance and an erratic streak alienated even his closest supporters, dooming his place in history.’
    • ‘What made it useful in an earlier world is dooming it in this one.’
    • ‘I realize that the relationship is inevitably doomed.’
    • ‘Failure to satisfy both components dooms the program.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the project was doomed from the very outset.’
    • ‘If she said yes, she was cursed and doomed for eternity.’
    • ‘Mike hardly ever looks at girls, and when he does, the relationship is doomed from the start.’
    • ‘Despite being financially doomed from the beginning, the promoters never let the party stop.’
    • ‘Moreover, the way the authorities went about reform helped to doom their efforts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From my vantage point, I quickly came to the conclusion that bad journalism was dooming the business of Internet content.’
    • ‘Their brief marriage was clearly doomed from the start by her parents' snobbish condescension.’
    • ‘Illicit romance dooms the characters, bringing them closer to death and destruction than ever before and cementing their maturity - or lack thereof - permanently.’
    • ‘I am part of that menacing statistic that essentially dooms love from the very beginning.’
    1. 1.1 Cause to have an unfortunate and inescapable outcome.
      ‘her plan was doomed to failure’
      • ‘If we don't allow any quality commercial development then the town is doomed to a mediocre fate.’
      • ‘They're firmly locked into delusion, and are doomed to live there forever.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Looking for a history that isn't there, these hand-wringing malcontents are doomed to disappointment.’
      • ‘Otherwise he will be forever doomed to be the victim of his own erudition.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When I was doomed to live in despair, he saved me!’
      • ‘Alas, the reader - sophisticated or otherwise - is doomed to disappointment.’
      • ‘The workers held out for three days, but they were doomed to defeat.’
      • ‘It inevitably dooms itself to calamities that must strike it dead.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Is my slothful old age doomed to gloomy obscurity?’
      • ‘Maybe it was always doomed to be a lost cause.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Is the field of canine cognition doomed forever to repeat this seemingly endless dispute?’
      • ‘Most of these duplicated segments are doomed to oblivion, because any proteins their genes produce are redundant.’
      • ‘He was going only out of a sense of obligation to an already doomed relationship.’
      • ‘To ignore the current situation would certainly doom the denomination to an untimely death.’
      • ‘Failing to recognize the dark side of humanity dooms us to repeat those failings.’
      • ‘All we all doomed to repeat the same mistakes as our mothers?’
      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’
      • ‘Look, it wasn't all gloom and doom, but like I said - it was getting old.’
      • ‘‘It's not all gloom and doom,’ he says, with a twinkle in his eye.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's a miraculous way to yank yourself out of gloom and doom.’
      • ‘Those who predicted doom and gloom at the start of the campaign will no doubt be feeling rather smug.’
      • ‘So the tabloid-style gloom and doom may simply be disinformation.’
      • ‘Is there any good news among all this gloom and doom?’
      • ‘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.’
      defeatism, negative thinking, negativity, expecting the worst, doom and gloom, gloom, gloominess
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

doom

/do͞om//dum/