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An archaic term for a court's judgment. For example, some criminal sentences still end with the phrase " … which is pronounced for doom."

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


judgment. The word ‘doom’ is Old English whereas ‘judgment’ is a very early French import.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

DOOM. This word formerly signified a judgment. T. L.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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It was Nobela, she who had doomed me, she whom but now I had smitten to earth, but who had come back from the dead to curse me!
Be it so, for I submit, his doom is fair, That dust I am, and shall to dust returne: O welcom hour whenever!
While yet we live, scarse one short hour perhaps, Between us two let there be peace, both joyning, As joyn'd in injuries, one enmitie Against a Foe by doom express assign'd us, That cruel Serpent: On me exercise not Thy hatred for this miserie befall'n, On me already lost, mee then thy self More miserable; both have sin'd, but thou Against God onely, I against God and thee, And to the place of judgement will return, There with my cries importune Heaven, that all The sentence from thy head remov'd may light On me, sole cause to thee of all this woe, Mee mee onely just object of his ire.
But by what doom the stranger met his end No man save Theseus knoweth.
Then let us go Back to Thebes, if yet we may Heal this mortal feud and stay The self-wrought doom That drives our brothers to their tomb.
My doom has come upon me; let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter."
O monstrous doom, Within a rock-built prison sepulchered, To fade and wither in a living tomb, And alien midst the living and the dead.
2) Wasting away they mourned their piteous doom, The blasted issue of their mother's womb.
CHORUS O pray not, prayers are idle; from the doom Of fate for mortals refuge is there none.
She was backing toward the surface, her eyes fixed before her as they had been when she dragged the helpless girl to her doom.
Fortunately the tank was deep at this point, and I suffered no injury from the fall, but as I was rising to the surface my mind filled with the horrors of my position as I thought of the terrible doom which awaited me the moment the eyes of the reptiles fell upon the creature that had disturbed their slumber.
Doubtless he had felt as certain of my doom when he saw me topple from our hiding place as I had, and lest he too should be discovered, had hastened from the temple and back to his village.