Definition of "doom" [doom]

  • Inevitable destruction or ruin. (noun)
  • Fate, especially a tragic or ruinous one. (noun)
  • A decision or judgment, especially an official condemnation to a severe penalty. (noun)
  • Judgment Day. (noun)
  • A statute or ordinance, especially one in force in Anglo-Saxon England. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "doom" in a sentence
  • "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."