• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Helotism The condition of the Helots or slaves in Sparta; slavery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n helotism The system of serfage maintained at Sparta, or one resembling it. See Helot
    • n helotism The condition of the Helots or Spartan serfs, or of helots in the extended sense; servile bondage.
    • n helotism The maintenance, by animals of one species, of individuals of another species in return for their labor as servants.
    • n helotism In botany, a peculiar form of symbiosis in which one organism bears to another the relation of slave to master; noting especially the relation of the algal to the fungal component of a lichen: opposed to mutualistic symbiosis. Warming.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Helotism the condition of the Helots in ancient Sparta: slavery
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.; said to be derived from Helos, a town in Greece, reduced to slavery by the Spartans.


In literature:

To-day I do not laugh any more at the race that depends on inefficient helot races for its inefficient service.
"Letters of Travel (1892-1913)" by Rudyard Kipling
The most remarkable of his ancestors was Soues, in whose reign the Spartans enslaved the Helots, and annexed a large portion of Arcadia.
"Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4)" by Plutarch
He instanced the Helots of Sparta, and the provinces of Rome.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
It may actually have been the unfortunate fall to which the helot owed his death.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
The drunken helot of cleverness is the creature who goes about making puns.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
There were, then, in Laconia three classes: Helots, Perioeci, Spartiates.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
Dog-like he waited upon her, an humble, devoted helot.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
The Helots of Sparta and the Jews under the Pharaohs were of this sort.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
The Parisians regard all provincials as helots, whose sole business it is to hear and to obey.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
Her prison discipline requires the Helotism of mind.
"Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry" by Thomas Davis

In poetry:

Tyrants! tremble when ye tread
Down the servile Helot clods;
Under despot heel is bred
The white anger of the Gods!
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Low the sun beat on the land,
Purple slope and olive wood;
With the wine cup in his hand,
Vast the Helot herdsman stood.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
So to fierce calls of the wine
(Strong the red Caecuban bowl!)
From its slumber, deep, supine,
Panted up the Helot soul.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Still, insensate mother, bore
Goodly sons for Helot graves;
Iron necks that meekly wore
Sparta's yoke as Sparta's slaves.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Low the sun beat on the land,
Red on vine and plain and wood;
With the wine-cup in his hand,
Vast the Helot herdsman stood.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Day was at its chief unrest,
Stone from stone the Helot rose;
Fix'd his eyes--his naked breast
Iron-wall'd his inner throes.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Fresh Fredericksburg peaches at the Helotes Farmers Market tomorrow.
Alan Ames meets with a crowd at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Helotes Monday.
Newaygo County 27th Circuit Judge Terrence R Thomas on Tuesday ordered Bruce Lee Willis Jr, 33, of Helotes, Texas, to prison for three to 15 years.
Woosley Jr, 91, of Helotes, Texas, formerly of Texarkana, Texas, died Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012, at his home.
Ira Hale, Jr, 89, of Helotes, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Nov 13, 2012, surrounded by his family.
"The Helot household," we read, "rested on a crest of ta...
Helotes, TX Floores Country Store.
Becca Payne, one of the young ramrods at John T Floore Country Store in Helotes, said that on Saturday night.