[hel-uh-tiz-uh m, hee-luh-]
the state or quality of being a helot; serfdom.
Ecology. the subordinate organisms in an unequal symbiotic relationship.
Origin of helotism
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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
No sign of the times more plainly discovered the helotism to which the Restoration had condemned the young manhood of the epoch.A Distinguished Provincial at Paris
Honore de Balzac
Also called (for senses 1, 2): helotage
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