American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Inevitable destruction or ruin.
- n. Fate, especially a tragic or ruinous one.
- n. A decision or judgment, especially an official condemnation to a severe penalty.
- n. Judgment Day.
- n. A statute or ordinance, especially one in force in Anglo-Saxon England.
- v. To condemn to ruination or death. See Synonyms at condemn.
- v. To destine to an unhappy end.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Judgment or decision; specifically, a decision determining fate or fortune; fateful decision or decree: originally in a neutral sense, but now generally implying an adverse decision; as, the court pronounced doom upon the culprits; to fall by doom of battle.
- n. Fate decreed or determined; fixed fortune; irrevocable destiny.
- n. Judgment or opinion; discernment.
- n. The last judgment. See doomsday.
- To judge; form a judgment upon.
- To condemn to punishment; consign by a decree or sentence; pronounce sentence or judgment on; destine: as, a criminal doomed to death; we are doomed to suffer for our errors.
- To ordain as a penalty; decree.
- To tax by estimate or at discretion, as on the failure of a taxpayer to make a statement of his taxable property.
- n. countable, historical A law.
- n. countable, historical A judgment or decision
- n. countable, historical A sentence or penalty for an illegality or type of illegality.
- n. Death; an adverse or terrible fate, end.
- n. Destiny, especially adverse.
- n. An impending severe problem or danger that seems inevitable.
- n. A feeling of danger, impending danger, darkness or despair.
- n. sometimes capitalized The Last Judgment; or, an artistic representation of it.
- v. To condemn to a terrible fate or outcome
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Judgment; judicial sentence; penal decree; condemnation.
- n. That to which one is doomed or sentenced; destiny or fate, esp. unhappy destiny; penalty.
- n. Ruin; death.
- n. obsolete Discriminating opinion or judgment; discrimination; discernment; decision.
- v. obsolete To judge; to estimate or determine as a judge.
- v. To pronounce sentence or judgment on; to condemn; to consign by a decree or sentence; to sentence.
- v. To ordain as penalty; hence, to mulct or fine.
- v. New England To assess a tax upon, by estimate or at discretion.
- v. To destine; to fix irrevocably the destiny or fate of; to appoint, as by decree or by fate.
- n. an unpleasant or disastrous destiny
- v. make certain of the failure or destruction of
- v. pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law
- v. decree or designate beforehand
- From Old English dōm ("judgement"), cognate with Old Norse dómr, Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian "dom" (Wiktionary)
- Middle English dom, from Old English dōm, judgment. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“III. i.185 (151,7) [I fly not death, to fly his deadly doom] _To fly his doom_, used for _by flying_, or _in flying_, is a gallicism.”
“Framed for the murder of his greatest competitor, all that stands between industrialist Howard Stark and certain doom is his young son, Tony … and his strange alter-ego — Iron Man!”
“For awhile, it seems as though certain doom is descending upon Barrow, Alaska, and the mood will blanket the entire picture.”
“An earnest of their doom is their having been cast out of heaven, being already restricted to "the darkness of this present world," the "air" that surrounds the earth, their peculiar element now.”
“She recommended not paying attention to what she calls doom-and-gloom hype.”
“But over time, his former crew comes to his aid and, realizing his visions portend certain doom unless they do something, team up with their former Captain to save the Galaxy from certain destruction.”
“More remarkably is the tale of Elvita Adams who leapt to her anticipated doom from the 86th floor in 1979, only to be blown by a gust of wind back onto the 85th floor.”
““The sense of impending doom is covered in exposition, though, when it should be crystal clear.””
“The sense of impending doom is covered in exposition, though, when it should be crystal clear.”
“One day one of the new Watchers, (insert name here) Observes a murder, and racked with pity for the human victim, intervenes, rescuing the human from certain doom (he does it in human form, before the victim sees).”
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