One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounAustralian, NZ
People occupying Crown land in order to graze livestock, regarded as a social group or class.‘the bourgeoisie began to upset squatterdom's domination when they changed the land laws’
- ‘A perpetual squatterdom would be a perpetual disgrace to our science of colonisation.’
- ‘The new constitution extended electoral boundaries to the outer reaches of squatterdom.’
- ‘They were ready to take that step forward from the crude improvisations of the pioneer into the splendours of squatterdom.’
- ‘The European settler demand for labour was to a large extent satisfied through squatterdom rather than wage labour.’
- ‘Men occupying official positions in the graziers' associations came with a powerful whiff of squatterdom.’
Mid 19th century: from squatter + -dom.
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