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
  1. noun

    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
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    type of:

    destiny, fate

    an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future

  2. verb

    make certain of the failure or destruction of

    “This decision will
    doom me to lose my position”
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    type of:

    assure, ensure, guarantee, insure, secure

    make certain of

  3. verb

    decree or designate beforehand

    designate, destine, fate
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    type of:


    issue an order

  4. verb

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

    condemn, sentence
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    doom beforehand

    abandon to eternal damnation
    type of:


    state emphatically and authoritatively

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