AskDefine | Define doom

Dictionary Definition

doom 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]


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"

User Contributed Dictionary



From Old English dōm ‘judgement’.


IPA: /du:m/


  1. An impending severe problem that seems inevitable.
  2. A feeling of danger, impending danger, darkness or despair.
  3. A death, fate or end.
    They met an untimely doom when the mine shaft caved in.
  4. A medieval church painting of the Last Judgement


an impending severe problem
  • Finnish: tuho
  • Japanese: 運命(うんめい, unmei)
a feeling of danger
a death
  • Finnish: tuho
  • Japanese: (し, shi)
a medieval church painting


  1. To cause something to become doomed; to condemn to a terrible fate or outcome



Extensive Definition

Doom refers to a state or feeling of impending and inevitable destruction and ruin, far beyond mere trouble. It can also mean the following things:

id Software property

See also Topics related to the Doom series.
Doom is a series of video games by id Software, and several licensed properties have been based on the series.

Popular culture

Other media
  • Doom Trilogy, a series of text adventure games for home computers (beginning with Countdown to Doom)
  • Mount Doom, a volcano in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings
  • Doctor Doom, a supervillain and ruler of a small country within the Marvel Comics universe
  • Judge Doom, the villain of the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Black Doom, leader of the Black Arms in the Sonic the Hedgehog fictional universe
  • Doom (professional wrestling)
  • Doom, a Final Fantasy dark magic spell that causes the target to die in three turns
  • Thulsa Doom, the snake-like villain played by James Earl Jones in the motion picture Conan the Barbarian


  • dōm (pronounced "doom"), the Anglo-Saxon word meaning "judgment", "law"
  • Doom book the Laws of King Aelfred, Legal Code of Alfred the Great, Code of Alfred 893
  • Doom Book, a list kept in the 1930s by United States censor Will Hays
  • Doom (painting), a painting that depicts the Last Judgment
doom in German: Doom (Begriffsklärung)
doom in Italian: Doom (disambigua)
doom in Dutch: Doom
doom in Japanese: ドゥーム
doom in Low German: Doom (Mehrdüdig Begreep)
doom in Polish: Doom (ujednoznacznienie)
doom in Portuguese: Doom (desambiguação)
doom in Russian: Дум (значения)
doom in Slovenian: Doom (razločitev)
doom in Chinese: Doom

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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