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helotry

[hel-uh-tree, hee-luh-] /ˈhɛl ə tri, ˈhi lə-/
noun
1.
serfdom; slavery.
2.
helots collectively.
Origin of helotry
1820-1830
1820-30; Helot + -ry
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  • 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
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for helotry

helotry

/ˈhɛlətrɪ; ˈhiː-/
noun
1.
serfdom or slavery
2.
serfs or slaves as a class
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