Definition of doom in English:

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Pronunciation: /duːm/


[mass noun]
1Death, destruction, or some other terrible fate: the aircraft was sent crashing to its doom in the water
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  • 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.
destruction, downfall, grim/terrible fate, ruin, ruination, rack and ruin, catastrophe, disaster;
extinction, annihilation, death, end, termination
rare quietus
1.1 [in singular] archaic (In Christian belief) the Last Judgement: a day like that of the last doom See also crack of doom at crack.
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  • 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.


[with object]
1Condemn to certain death or destruction: fuel was spilling out of the damaged wing and the aircraft was doomed
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  • 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.
1.1Cause to have an unfortunate and inescapable outcome: her plan was doomed to failure
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  • 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.
destine, fate, predestine, ordain, preordain, foredoom, mean, foreordain, consign;
condemn, sentence;
(doomed) certain, sure, bound, guaranteed, assured, very likely
ill-fated, ill-starred, ill-omened, star-crossed, under a curse, cursed, jinxed, foredoomed, hapless, damned, bedevilled, luckless, unlucky;
Scottish  fey


doom and gloom

(also gloom and doom)
A general feeling of pessimism or despondency: the national feeling of doom and gloom
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  • 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.


Old English dōm 'statute, judgement', of Germanic origin, from a base meaning 'to put in place'; related to do1.

  • The ancient root of doom meant ‘to put in place’ and is also the root of do (Old English). By the time that written English records began the emphasis had narrowed to putting law and order in place: the Old English senses of doom include ‘a law, statute’, ‘a judicial decision’, and ‘the right to judge’. In the context of the end of the world, the word ‘judgement’ was not used until the 16th century—before that the usual term for Judgement Day was doomsday (source of the name the Domesday Book for the survey of the land ordered by William the Conqueror in 1085 for tax purposes, because it was the final authority on such things). In the Middle Ages this was also shortened to doom, a use that survives only in the crack of doom. ‘ We're doomed!’ was the catchphrase of the gloomy Scottish undertaker Frazer, played by John Laurie, in the BBC TV comedy Dad's Army (1968–77). The 1947 musical Finian's Rainbow popularized gloom and doom, which became a catchphrase when it was made into a film in 1968. The idea seemed appropriate to a world threatened by nuclear war.

Words that rhyme with doom

abloom, assume, backroom, bloom, Blum, boom, broom, brume, combe, consume, entomb, exhume, flume, foredoom, fume, gloom, Hume, illume, inhume, Khartoum, khoum, loom, neume, perfume, plume, presume, resume, rheum, room, spume, subsume, tomb, vroom, whom, womb, zoom

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