[ hel-uh-tiz-uhm, hee-luh- ]
/ ˈhɛl əˌtɪz əm, ˈhi lə- /
the state or quality of being a helot; serfdom.
Ecology. the subordinate organisms in an unequal symbiotic relationship.
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Example sentences from the Web for 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.A Distinguished Provincial at Paris|Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for helotism
/ (ˈhɛləˌtɪzəm, ˈhiː-) /
the condition or quality of being a Helot
a sociopolitical system in which a class, minority, nation, etc, is held in a state of subjection
zoology another name for dulosis
Also called (for senses 1, 2): helotage
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