a) The permanent oppression of a nominally free group of people
b) A form of symbiosis in which one species is forced to perform tasks for another, for their mutual benefit

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  • Helotism — He lot*ism, n. The condition of the Helots or slaves in Sparta; slavery. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • helotism — hel·ot·ism …   English syllables

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  • helotism — /ˈhɛlətɪzəm/ (say heluhtizuhm) noun serfdom. Also, helotage …  

  • helotism — ˈheləd.ˌizəm noun ( s) 1. : the quality or state of being a helot : serfdom 2. : a symbiotic relation of plants or animals in which one functions as the slave of the other (as that between certain species of ants) compare commensalism, parasitism …   Useful english dictionary

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