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domestic

do·mes·tic

domestic

 
pronunciation:
d me stihk
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or related to the household or family.
Their son takes care of the domestic chores now that their health has declined.He was happy for his wife to make all the domestic decisions.
 
synonyms:
familial, family, household
similar words:
home, residential
definition 2: particularly fond of the home or maintaining a home.
She loves her job and does not consider herself very domestic.
definition 3: capable of or used to living with humans.
Cats and dogs are domestic animals.
synonyms:
tame
antonyms:
wild
similar words:
gentle, housebroken
definition 4: of the home country.
This part of the newspaper is devoted to domestic affairs.They were surprised that the wine was domestic and not imported.
synonyms:
indigenous, native
antonyms:
alien, external, foreign, imported, international
similar words:
endemic, homebred, homegrown, internal, national
 
part of speech: noun
definition: one who serves a household for pay; servant.
His grandmother had been a domestic in one of those grand houses.
synonyms:
butler, help, housekeeper, housemaid, maid, maidservant, manservant, servant, valet
similar words:
factotum, governess, hand, hireling, major-domo, scullion, steward
derivation: domestically (adv.)
Word History
Domestic comes from domus, the Latin word for "house." It was first used to mean "of one's own country" in 1545. The English word dome also comes from domus.
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Word Parts
The word domestic contains the following parts:
dom2 Latin root that means house
-ic Latin and Greek adjective-forming suffix that means like, pertaining to
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The suffix -ic attaches to roots and words of Greek or Latin origin to form adjectives. A few words ending in -ic (magic , critic , music ) were adjectives that became nouns in Greek before they entered English, also as nouns.