helotry

[hel-uh-tree, hee-luh-]

noun

serfdom; slavery.
helots collectively.

Nearby words

  1. heloma molle,
  2. helophyte,
  3. helot,
  4. helotism,
  5. helotomy,
  6. helots,
  7. help,
  8. help oneself,
  9. help out,
  10. help screens

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

noun

serfdom or slavery
serfs or slaves as a class
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