helotism


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hel·ot·ism

 (hĕl′ə-tĭz′əm)
n.
A system under which a nominally free social class or a religious, national, or racial minority is permanently oppressed and degraded.

helotism

(ˈhɛləˌtɪzəm; ˈhiː-)
n
1. (Historical Terms) the condition or quality of being a Helot
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a sociopolitical system in which a class, minority, nation, etc, is held in a state of subjection
3. (Zoology) zoology another name for dulosis
Also called (for senses 1, 2): helotage

hel•ot•ism

(ˈhɛl əˌtɪz əm, ˈhi lə-)

n.
1. the state or quality of being a helot; serfdom or slavery.
2. a symbiotic relationship in which one group of organisms is subordinate.
[1815–25]

helotism

the condition or quality of being a helot; serfdom or slavery. Also helotage, helotry.
See also: Slavery