Dictionary: DO'NA-RY – DOOM'ING

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DO'NA-RY, n. [L. donarium, from dono, to give.]

A thing given to a sacred use. [Little used.] – Johnson.

DO-NA'TION, n. [L. donatio, from dono, to give, Fr. donner.]

  1. The act of giving or bestowing; a grant. That right we hold by his donation. – Milton.
  2. In law, the act or contract by which a thing or the use of it is transferred to a person, or corporation, as a free gift. To be valid, a donation supposes capacity both in the donor to give, and donee to take, and requires consent, delivery and acceptance.
  3. That which is given or bestowed; that which is transferred to another gratuitously, or without a valuable consideration; a gift; a grant. Donation is usually applied to things of more value than present. Mr. Boudinot made a donation of ten thousand dollars to the American Bible Society.


The doctrines of the Donatists.


One of the sect founded by Donatus. They held that that theirs was the only pure church, and that baptism and ordination, unless by their church, were invalid. – Encyc.


Pertaining to Donatism.


Vested or vesting by donation; as, a donative advowson. – Blackstone.

DON'A-TIVE, n. [Sp. and Ital. donativo; L. donativum, from dono, to give.]

  1. A gift; a largess; a gratuity; a present; a dole. The Romans were entertained with shows and donatives. – Dryden.
  2. In the canon law, a benefice given and collated to a person, by the founder or patron, without either presentation, institution, or induction by the ordinary. – Encyc.

DONE, pp. [dun. See Do.]

  1. Performed; executed; finished.
  2. A word by which agreement to a proposal is expressed; as in laying a wager, an offer being made, the person accepting or agreeing says done; that is, it is agreed, I agree, I accept.

DO-NEE', n. [L. from dono, to give.]

  1. The person to whom a gift or a donation is made.
  2. The person to whom lands or tenements are given or granted; as, a donee in fee-simple, or fee-tail. – Blackstone.


Bearing gifts.



An ass or mule for the saddle.

DON'NAT, n. [do and naught.]

An idle fellow. [Not in use.] – Granger.

DON'NED, pp.

Put on; invested with.

DO'NOR, n. [from L. dono, to give.]

  1. One who gives or bestows; one who confers any thing gratuitously; a benefactor.
  2. One who grants an estate; as, a conditional fee may revert to the donor, if the donee has no heirs of his body.

DON'SHIP, n. [See Don.]

The quality or rank of a gentleman or knight. – Hudibras.

DON'ZEL, n. [It.]

A young attendant; a page. – Butler.


A trifler; a simple fellow. [Qu. dote, Fr. radoter; Port. doudo, mad, foolish.]

DOOLE, n. [See DOLE.]

DOOM, n. [Sax. dom; D. doem; Dan. and Sw. dom.]

  1. Judgment; judicial sentence. To Satan, first in sin, his doom applied. – Milton. 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. – Shak.
  3. The 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. – Pope.
  5. Discrimination. [Not used.]

DOOM, v.t. [Sax. dom, judgment; deman, to deem; gedeman, to judge; D. doemen, to doom, to condemn; Dan. dimmer; Sw. döma. Doom is from the root of deem, which seems to coincide also with L. estimo, to esteem, and perhaps with the root of condemn. See Deem.]

  1. To judge. [Unusual.] Thou didst not doom so strictly. – Milton.
  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. – Dryden.
  4. To command authoritatively. Have I a tongue to doom my brother's death. – Shak.
  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.


A penalty or fine for neglect. – N. Hampshire.

DOOM'ED, pp.

Adjudged; sentenced; condemned; destined; fated.


Full of destruction. – Drayton.

DOOM'ING, ppr.

Judging; sentencing; condemning; destining.