Doom is death, destruction, the end of the world, the big goodbye. It can also be a verb — if a man twirling a mustache ties you to the railroad tracks, he dooms you to certain death!

Doctor Doom is a comic book villain you do not want to mess with. He’s the doctor of death! If you feel that the world is terrible, you’re all doom and gloom. If someone dies, she meets her doom. People usually talk about doom as a type of fate — doom isn't an accident. When doom is a verb, watch out — being slack dooms careers and lies doom relationships. Stay away from all forms of doom.

Definitions of doom

n an unpleasant or disastrous destiny

“everyone was aware of the approaching doom but was helpless to avoid it”
day of reckoning, doomsday, end of the world
Type of:
destiny, fate
an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future

v make certain of the failure or destruction of

“This decision will doom me to lose my position”
Type of:
assure, ensure, guarantee, insure, secure
make certain of

v decree or designate beforehand

designate, destine, fate
Type of:
issue an order

v pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law

condemn, sentence
doom beforehand
abandon to eternal damnation
Type of:
state emphatically and authoritatively

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