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.


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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.

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