- (rare, archaic or regional) the state of being an father; fatherhood
- The world, sphere, or unity of fathers; fathers collectively.
1886, John Ferguson McLennan, Studies in ancient history:
- Lastly, religion is represented as fostering the cause of women, chiefly through its mysteries assigning a divine character, as it were, to motherdom as compared with fatherdom.
- 1906, The Classical Review:
- That the Aeschylean Oresteia turns on the conflict between motherdom and fatherdom is notorious.
- 1908, Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener, Karl M. Dallenbach, The American Journal of Psychology:
- Bachofen, the protagonist of the "mother-right" theory in the last century, observed that "motherdom is related to the idea of the day-bearing night, as fatherdom is to light sprung from the union of the sun with mother night."