One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Forming nouns denoting a state or condition.‘freedom’
2Forming nouns denoting rank or status.‘earldom’
3Forming nouns denoting a domain.‘fiefdom’
4Forming nouns denoting a class of people or the attitudes associated with them, regarded collectively.‘officialdom’
Old English -dōm, originally meaning ‘decree, judgement’.
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