sheepdom

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

sheep +‎ -dom

Noun[edit]

sheepdom (uncountable)

  1. The quality or state of being a sheep.
    • 1866, Anthony Trollope, The Claverings[1]:
      Harry sat between them, like a sheep as he was, very meekly--not without some enjoyment of his sheepdom, but still feeling that he was a sheep.
    • 1919, Caroline Lockhart, The Fighting Shepherdess[2]:
      In the shape of a wedge with a leader at the point of it, they were running with a definite purpose and as though all the dogs in sheepdom were heeling them.