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a suffix forming nouns which refer to domain (kingdom), collection of persons (officialdom), rank or station (earldom), or general condition (freedom).
Origin of -dom
Middle English; Old English -dōm; cognate with Old Norse -dōmr, German -tum; see doom Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -dom


state or condition: freedom, martyrdom
rank or office: earldom
domain: kingdom, Christendom
a collection of persons: officialdom
Word Origin
Old English -dōm
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Word Origin and History for -dom

abstract suffix of state, from Old English dom "statute, judgment" (see doom (n.)). Already active as a suffix in Old English (e.g. freodom, wisdom); from stem *do- "do" + *-moz abstract suffix. Cf. cognate German -tum, Old High German tuom.

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Slang definitions & phrases for -dom



used to form nouns The range, establishment, scope, or realm of what is indicated: fandom/ moviedom/ klutzdom

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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