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. [Obs.]
And there he learned of things and haps to come,
To give foreknowledge true, and certain doom. --Fairfax.
Syn: -- Sentence; condemnation; decree; fate; destiny; lot; ruin; destruction.
Doom, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Doomed p. pr. & vb. n. Dooming.]
1. To judge; to estimate or determine as a judge. [Obs.]
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. [New England]
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.
n : an unpleasant or disastrous destiny; "everyone was aware of
the approaching doom but was helpless to avoid it";
"that's unfortunate but it isn't the end of the world"
[syn: doomsday, day of reckoning, end of the world]
v 1: decree or designate beforehand; "She was destined to become
a great pianist" [syn: destine, fate, designate]
2: pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law; "He
was condemned to ten years in prison" [syn: sentence, condemn]
3: make certain of the failure or destruction of; "This
decision will doom me to lose my position"