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Language: Old English
Origin: -had

-hood

suffix
     
-hood [in nouns]
1 used to refer to a period of time or a state:
during his childhood (=when he was a child)
parenthood (=the state of being a parent)
2 the people who belong to a particular group:
the priesthood (=all the people who are priests)

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