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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since the real world is more frightening than the void, thoughts turn to impending doom, death and suicide.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, everyone she films with her cursed camera meets an untimely doom.’
    • ‘For most teams, the loss of their star player would spell almost certain doom.’
    • ‘Transformation as currently practiced carries an appreciable risk of ultimate doom.’
    • ‘There is a longstanding feeling of doom hanging over the offense.’
    • ‘They knew only one thing: It foretold their 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.’
    • ‘Many economists are predicting doom and gloom in the times ahead but racing has never been stronger.’
    • ‘So the prophets are split neatly between impending economic doom and postponed blight.’
    • ‘If she does not, the ancient prophecies foretell doom and destruction over all the earth.’
    • ‘She was filled with a sickly sense of fear and the realization that she was facing her own imminent doom.’
    • ‘She didn't want to turn evil and hand the world to its doom.’
    • ‘Dust filled the air as one by one the vampires met their doom.’
    • ‘The film rumbles along, an ominous sense of marital doom hanging over the entire affair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why are they looking at me as if this dream spells impending 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.
      • ‘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]usually be doomed
  • 1Condemn to certain destruction or death.

    ‘fuel was spilling out of the damaged wing and the aircraft was doomed’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Illicit romance dooms the characters, bringing them closer to death and destruction than ever before and cementing their maturity - or lack thereof - permanently.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From my vantage point, I quickly came to the conclusion that bad journalism was dooming the business of Internet content.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the project was doomed from the very outset.’
    • ‘If she said yes, she was cursed and doomed for eternity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite being financially doomed from the beginning, the promoters never let the party stop.’
    • ‘Failure to satisfy both components dooms the program.’
    • ‘Querulousness, arrogance and an erratic streak alienated even his closest supporters, dooming his place in history.’
    • ‘I realize that the relationship is inevitably doomed.’
    • ‘Moreover, the way the authorities went about reform helped to doom their efforts.’
    • ‘But all we really see is that the couple was doomed from the get-go.’
    • ‘With the constant drug-taking the marriage was doomed and it lasted just 14 months.’
    • ‘However, a star does not have to appear doomed for their death to increase or alter their value.’
    • ‘I can tell you, some Republicans privately saying they think this dooms his potential presidential chances in 2008.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘All we all doomed to repeat the same mistakes as our mothers?’
      • ‘If we don't allow any quality commercial development then the town is doomed to a mediocre fate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Is my slothful old age doomed to gloomy obscurity?’
      • ‘Maybe it was always doomed to be a lost cause.’
      • ‘To ignore the current situation would certainly doom the denomination to an untimely death.’
      • ‘They're firmly locked into delusion, and are doomed to live there forever.’
      • ‘The workers held out for three days, but they were doomed to defeat.’
      • ‘It inevitably dooms itself to calamities that must strike it dead.’
      • ‘Alas, the reader - sophisticated or otherwise - is doomed to disappointment.’
      • ‘Failing to recognize the dark side of humanity dooms us to repeat those failings.’
      • ‘Is the field of canine cognition doomed forever to repeat this seemingly endless dispute?’
      • ‘He was going only out of a sense of obligation to an already doomed relationship.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Looking for a history that isn't there, these hand-wringing malcontents are doomed to disappointment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most of these duplicated segments are doomed to oblivion, because any proteins their genes produce are redundant.’
      • ‘When I was doomed to live in despair, he saved me!’
      • ‘Otherwise he will be forever doomed to be the victim of his own erudition.’
      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’
      • ‘So the tabloid-style gloom and doom may simply be disinformation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's a miraculous way to yank yourself out of gloom and doom.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Is there any good news among all this gloom and doom?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Look, it wasn't all gloom and doom, but like I said - it was getting old.’
      • ‘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/