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DOOM, verb transitive [Latin , to esteem, and perhaps with the root of condemn. See Deem.]

1. To judge. [Unusual.]

Thou didst not doom so strictly.

2. To condemn to any punishment; to consign by a decree or sentence; as, the criminal is doomed to chains.

3. To pronounce sentence or judgment on.

Absolves the just, and dooms the guilty souls.

4. To command authoritatively.

Have I a tongue to doom my brothers death.

5. To destine; to fix irrevocably the fate or direction of; as, we are doomed to suffer for our sins and errors.

6. To condemn, or to punish by a penalty.

DOOM, noun

1. Judgment; judicial sentence.

To Satan, first in sin, his doom applied.

Hence, the final doom is the last judgment.

2. Condemnation; sentence; decree; determination affecting the fate or future state of another; usually a determination to inflict evil, sometimes otherwise.

Revoke that doom of mercy.

3. That state to which one is doomed, or destined. To suffer misery is the doom of sinners. To toil for subsistence is the doom of most men.

4. Ruin; destruction.

From the same foes, at last, both felt their doom

5. Discrimination. [Not used.]