selfdom

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English selfdom, from Old English selfdōm(independence), equivalent to self +‎ -dom.

Noun[edit]

selfdom ‎(usually uncountable, plural selfdoms)

  1. (archaic) selfhood.
    • 1981, Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune
      "The target of the Jihad was a machine-attitude as much as the machines," Leto said. "Humans had set those machines to usurp our sense of beauty, our necessary selfdom out of which we make living judgments. Naturally, the machines were destroyed."