from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To condemn to ruination or death. See Synonyms at condemn.
- transitive v. To destine to an unhappy end.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A law.
- n. A judgment or decision
- n. 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. The Last Judgment; or, an artistic representation of it.
- v. To condemn to a terrible fate or outcome
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. Discriminating opinion or judgment; discrimination; discernment; decision.
- transitive v. To judge; to estimate or determine as a judge.
- transitive v. To pronounce sentence or judgment on; to condemn; to consign by a decree or sentence; to sentence.
- transitive v. To ordain as penalty; hence, to mulct or fine.
- transitive v. To assess a tax upon, by estimate or at discretion.
- transitive v. To destine; to fix irrevocably the destiny or fate of; to appoint, as by decree or by fate.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English dom, from Old English dōm, judgment.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English dōm ("judgement"), cognate with Old Norse dómr, Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian "dom" (Wiktionary)