Doom

Definition of Doom

Pronunciation: dŌm
n.1.Judgment; judicial sentence; penal decree; condemnation.
The first dooms of London provide especially the recovery of cattle belonging to the citizens.
- J. R. Green.
Now against himself he sounds this doom.
- Shak.
2.That to which one is doomed or sentenced; destiny or fate, esp. unhappy destiny; penalty.
Ere Hector meets his doom.
- Pope.
And homely household task shall be her doom.
- Dryden.
3.Ruin; death.
This is the day of doom for Bassianus.
- Shak.
4.Discriminating opinion or judgment; discrimination; discernment; decision.
And there he learned of things and haps to come,
To give foreknowledge true, and certain doom.
- Fairfax.
v. t.1.To judge; to estimate or determine as a judge.
[imp. & p. p. Doomed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dooming.]
2.To pronounce sentence or judgment on; to condemn; to consign by a decree or sentence; to sentence; as, a criminal doomed to chains or death.
Absolves the just, and dooms the guilty souls.
- Dryden.
3.To ordain as penalty; hence, to mulct or fine.
Have I tongue to doom my brother's death?
- Shak.
4.To assess a tax upon, by estimate or at discretion.
5.To destine; to fix irrevocably the destiny or fate of; to appoint, as by decree or by fate.
A man of genius . . . doomed to struggle with difficulties.
- Macaulay.

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