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

  • 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. 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.

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)


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