American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The condition of serfdom.
- n. Helots considered as a group.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition of a Helot; serfdom; slavery.
- n. Helots in a collective sense; a body of persons in a condition similar to that of the ancient Helots.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The Helots, collectively; slaves; bondsmen.
- helot + -ry? (Wiktionary)
“But in a 19-year war, Sparta finally defeated the Messenians and reintroduced helotry.”
“It would be worth his while to keep his commercial helotry supplied with sceptical literature.”
“The alternative before white working men was to be driven with the African into helotry or to advance with him to freedom.”
“Mrs Pandit 'would mean' permanent helotry 'for Africans.”
“It could hardly be said that the relations were entirely harmonious between the military-minded rector, who held to the righteousness of helotry and the value of ignorance in the class beneath him, and the young curate burning with zeal and oppressed with the desire to put all the crooked things of life straight.”
“South African tourist as against the banishment - for that is virtually the goal of the anti-Asiatic party - of a hundred and fifty thousand Indian settlers, or at least their reduction to helotry.”
“If we permit them - and only our principled resistance, peaceful where possible, but forceful where necessary, is the only thing that will stop them - those who presume to rule us intend to reduce us to abject helotry.”
“One word for it is helotry, we’ve just brainwashed to believe we aren’t slaves.”
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From Chambers's Etymology Dictionary, published in 1896
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