- fate or destiny, especially adverse fate; unavoidable ill fortune: In exile and poverty, he met his doom.
- ruin; death: to fall to one’s doom.
- a judgment, decision, or sentence, especially an unfavorable one: The judge pronounced the defendant’s doom.
- the Last Judgment, at the end of the world.
- Obsolete. a statute, enactment, or legal judgment.
verb (used with object)
- to destine, especially to an adverse fate.
- to pronounce judgment against; condemn.
- to ordain or fix as a sentence or fate.
- despondent or pessimistic
- depressing, frightening, or chilling
- death or a terrible fate
- a judgment or decision
- (sometimes capital) another term for the Last Judgment
- (tr) to destine or condemn to death or a terrible fate
Old English dom “law, judgment, condemnation,” from Proto-Germanic *domaz (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian dom, Old Norse domr, Old High German tuom, Gothic doms “judgment, decree”), from PIE root *dhe- (cf. Sanskrit dhaman- “law,” Greek themis “law,” Lithuanian dome “attention”), literally “to set, put” (see factitious). A book of laws in Old English was a dombec. Modern sense of “fate, ruin, destruction” is c.1600, from the finality of the Christian Judgment Day.
late 14c., from doom (n.). Related: Doomed; dooming.