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