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nounAncient Greek History
An enfranchised Helot in ancient Sparta.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Mitford (1744–1827), historian of ancient Greece. From ancient Greek νεοδαμώδης newly enfranchised from νεο- + (Doric) δᾶμος (Attic δῆμος) people + -ώδης.
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