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Definition of doom noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  • death or destruction; any terrible event that you cannot avoid to meet your doom She had a sense of impending doom (= felt that something very bad was going to happen).
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    doom and gloom, gloom and doom
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    a general feeling of having lost all hope, and of pessimism (= expecting things to go badly) Despite the obvious setbacks, it is not all doom and gloom for our team.
    prophet of doom, doom merchant
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    a person who predicts that things will go very badly The prophets of doom who said television would kill off the book were wrong.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: doom

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