- 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
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- state or conditionfreedom; martyrdom
- rank or officeearldom
- domainkingdom; Christendom
- a collection of personsofficialdom
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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