Definition of doom noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//duːm//
; NAmE NAmE//duːm//
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  • [uncountable] 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).
  • Word OriginOld English dōm ‘statute, judgement’, of Germanic origin, from a base meaning ‘to put in place’; related to do1.Extra examples Fuel shortages spelled the doom of such huge gas-guzzling cars. He sealed his own doom by having an affair with another woman. It’s not all doom and gloom and there is lots to look forward to. Prepare to meet your doom. She had a sense of impending doom. The ordinary soldiers went to meet their doom with great bravery.Idioms
    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 the England team. More Like This Rhyming pairs in idioms doom and gloom, fair and square, high and dry, huff and puff, name and shame, slice and dice, thrills and spills, wear and tear, wheel and deal, wine and dineSee worksheet.
    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.
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