helotism

[hel-uh-tiz-uh m, hee-luh-]

Origin of helotism

First recorded in 1815–25; Helot + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for helotism

helotism

noun
  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
Also called (for senses 1, 2): helotage
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