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I have a question I wanted to know,what does "africanderdom " mean ? I can't find its meaning on the Internet. I only know that it was invented by Hobson.

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    Where did you look on the internet, the first results on bing and google take you to a good definition..
    – JeffUK
    Apr 2, 2018 at 20:04
  • Generally speaking, the suffix "-dom", when applied to a term for a group of people, implies the encompassing "society" or "nation" of those people. Hence "Christendom".
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 2, 2018 at 21:18
  • AfricanderThis word has been used with a variety of sig- nifications : (1) African-born descendants of European parents generally, (2) African-born offspring of Dutch parents only, (3) Coloured people of mixed blood. Often enough the word is used adjectivally with an equal number of similar significa- tions. In recent years an effort has been made to limit its meanmg to (1) or (2). The -ism suffix is still productive, and the way it's used can easily be looked up. Apr 3, 2018 at 15:03

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Coming from South African English, Africanderdom means:

  1. The Afrikaner people; Afrikaners collectively, esp. in a nationalistic or political sense

  2. The ethos of the Afrikaner people; Afrikaner nationalism;

You can read more about it here.

Also written as: Afrikanderdom and Afrikanerdom

  • Why not include the spelling in your answer? Perhaps the reason the OP did not find it was his/her misspelling...
    – GEdgar
    Apr 2, 2018 at 20:31
  • It was the correct spelling, but I've added it in. The reason OP didn't find it, is that it isn't a common word. I searched the word with double quotes around it and found different entries.
    – Sensoray
    Apr 2, 2018 at 20:42
  • The word did appear with a "c" in some sources in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, presumably because some writers in English felt that the spelling should match English "Africa" rather than Afrikaans/Dutch "Afrika". Examples: this, this, and this. Apr 2, 2018 at 21:39
  • The link given in this answer shows (on the left hand side) alternative spellings - Africaaner and Africanderdom, both of which link to the quoted spelling - Afrikanderdom.
    – Nigel J
    Apr 2, 2018 at 22:34

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