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Language: Old English
Origin: dom


2 noun
doom2 [uncountable]
something very bad that is going to happen, or the fact that it is going to happen:
A sense of impending doom (=coming very soon) gripped her.
spell doom for something (=mean that something will be unable to continue or survive)
The recession spelled doom for many small businesses.
Thousands of soldiers met their doom (=died) on this very field.
doom and gloom/gloom and doom (=when there seems to be no hope for the future)
Despite these poor figures, it's not all doom and gloom.

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