Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Doom"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Doom \Doom\, n. [As. d?m; akin to OS. d?m, OHG. tuom, Dan. & Sw.
dom, Icel. d?mr, Goth. d?ms, Gr. ? law; fr. the root of E.
do, v. t. ?. See {Do}, v. t., and cf. {Deem}, {-dom}.]
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.

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.

Syn: Sentence; condemnation; decree; fate; destiny; lot;
ruin; destruction.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Doom \Doom\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Doomed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
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.

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] --J. Pickering.

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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : an unpleasant or disastrous destiny; "everyone was aware of
the approaching doom but was helpless to avoid it" [syn:
{doomsday}, {day of reckoning}]
v 1: decree or designate beforehand; "She was destined to become
a great pianist" [syn: {destine}, {fate}, {designate}]
2: pronounce a sentence on, in a court of law; "He was
condemned to ten years in prison" [syn: {sentence}, {condemn}]

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