helotry

[ hel-uh-tree, hee-luh- ]
/ ˈhɛl ə tri, ˈhi lə- /

noun

serfdom; slavery.
helots collectively.

Origin of helotry

First recorded in 1820–30; Helot + -ry
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Examples from the Web for helotry

  • The State is but a gigantic Sparta, in which the helotry are marked by an indelible difference of color and race from the masters.

    The Civil War in America|William Howard Russell
  • But, after all, their State is a modern Sparta—an aristocracy resting on a helotry, and with nothing else to rest upon.

    The Civil War in America|William Howard Russell
  • But, after all, their state is a modern Sparta—an aristocracy resting on a helotry, and with nothing else to rest upon.

    Pictures of Southern Life|William Howard Russell

British Dictionary definitions for helotry

helotry

/ (ˈhɛlətrɪ, ˈhiː-) /

noun

serfdom or slavery
serfs or slaves as a class
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