a suffix forming nouns which refer to domain (kingdom ), collection of persons (officialdom ), rank or station (earldom ), or general condition (freedom ).

Middle English; Old English -dōm; cognate with Old Norse -dōmr, German -tum; see doom

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suffix forming nouns
1.  state or condition: freedom; martyrdom
2.  rank or office: earldom
3.  domain: kingdom; Christendom
4.  a collection of persons: officialdom
[Old English -dōm]

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abstract suffix of state, from O.E. dom "statute, judgment" (see doom), already active as a suffix in O.E. (cf. freodom, wisdom); from stem *do- "do" + *-moz abstract suffix. Cf. cognate Ger. -tum, O.H.G. tuom.
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