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[hel-uh-tiz-uh m, hee-luh-]
  1. the state or quality of being a helot; serfdom.
  2. Ecology. the subordinate organisms in an unequal symbiotic relationship.
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Origin of helotism

First recorded in 1815–25; Helot + -ism
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Historical Examples of helotism

  • Such of the Messenians as had not abandoned their country were reduced to Helotism.

    Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • No sign of the times more plainly discovered the helotism to which the Restoration had condemned the young manhood of the epoch.

British Dictionary definitions for helotism


  1. the condition or quality of being a Helot
  2. a sociopolitical system in which a class, minority, nation, etc, is held in a state of subjection
  3. zoology another name for dulosis
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Also called (for senses 1, 2): helotage
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