Origin of Helot
Examples from the Web for helot
His cheeks bright red, his chin wet with spittle, the helot would weave and stagger and totter until he passed out in the dirt.Persian Fire and Rubicon (Full)
September 23, 2012
Still the Helot had in him the common sentiments of our nature.
We have likened the Norman to the Spartan, and, most of all, he was like him in his scorn of the helot.Harold, Complete
From the king to the Helot 143, the spirit of covetousness spread like a disease.Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete
Paragot did not include my seeing him make a Helot of himself as part of my education.The Belovd Vagabond
William J. Locke
This is not the middle ages; I am an Englishman, not a helot.The Weavers, Complete
- (in ancient Greece, esp Sparta) a member of the class of unfree men above slaves owned by the state
- (usually not capital) a serf or slave
Word Origin and History for helot
1570s (with a capital -h-) "Spartan serf," from Greek Heilotes, plural of Heilos, popularly associated with Helos, Laconian town reduced to serfdom by Sparta, but perhaps related to Greek halonai "be captured." In extended use by 1820s.