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From fan +‎ -dom.

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fandom (countable and uncountable, plural fandoms)

  1. The fans of a sport, activity, work, person etc., taken as a group.
    • 1896, Washington Post October 10, 1896, p. 8, column 6
      "'Who is this Swain?' is the question that is being bowled about in local fandom."
  2. The subculture of fans.
  3. The state, quality, or condition of being a fan.
    • 2014 March 3, Zoe Alderton, “‘Snapewives’ and ‘Snapeism’: A Fiction-Based Religion within the Harry Potter Fandom”, in Religions[1], volume 5, number 1, MDPI, DOI:10.3390/rel5010219, pages 219-257:
      Despite personal schisms and differences in spiritual experience, there is a very coherent theology of Snape shared between the wives. To examine this manifestation of religious fandom, I will first discuss the canon scepticism and anti-Rowling sentiment that helps to contextualise the wider belief in Snape as a character who extends beyond book and film.

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