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spartan1

Syllabification: spar·tan
Pronunciation: /ˈspärtn
 
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adjective

Showing the indifference to comfort or luxury traditionally associated with ancient Sparta: spartan but adequate rooms
Synonyms
austere, harsh, hard, frugal, stringent, rigorous, strict, stern, severe;
ascetic, abstemious;
bleak, joyless, grim, bare, stark, plain

Origin

mid 17th century: from Spartan1, because the inhabitants of Sparta were traditionally held to be indifferent to comfort or luxury.

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  • A spartan place or lifestyle is one lacking comfort or luxury. The word is a tribute to the Spartans of ancient Greece, traditional foes of Athens, who left weak or sickly babies out on a cold mountain slope at night to die and forced all children to live in military ‘boarding schools’ from the age of about seven. Their terse speech also gave us the word laconic.

Words that rhyme with spartan

Akhenaten, Akhetaten, Aten, Barton, carton, Dumbarton, hearten, Parton, smarten, tartan

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Spartan2

Syllabification: Spar·tan
Pronunciation: /ˈspärtn
 
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adjective

Of or relating to Sparta in ancient Greece.
Example sentences
  • To be Spartan meant to be tough.
  • The tuition in obedience that I received as a boy was too severe, too Spartan to be imposed upon Athenians.
  • What happened to Thebes is indeed a clear sign that it was Spartan rather than Persian interests that determined the nature of the King's Peace.

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A citizen of Sparta.
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  • The Spartans were the Dorian inhabitants of a Greek city-state in the Peloponnese that for many centuries was one of the greatest of Greek powers.
  • The Spartans finally won through Lysander's abilities as a general and his friendship with Cyrus, the son of the Persian King, who financed the Spartan navy more regularly and fully than it had been.
  • At the outbreak of the Peloponnesian War the Spartans slew any trader they caught sailing around their coast line, irrespective of their ethnicity.

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Spartan3

Line breaks: Spar|tan
Pronunciation: /ˈspɑːt(ə)n/

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noun

A Canadian dessert apple of a variety with crisp white flesh and maroon-flushed yellow skin.

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spartan4

Line breaks: spar|tan
Pronunciation: /ˈspɑːt(ə)n/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

adjective

Showing or characterized by austerity or a lack of comfort or luxury: the accommodation was fairly spartan

Origin

mid 17th century: from Spartan1, because the inhabitants of Sparta were traditionally held to be indifferent to comfort or luxury.

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  • A spartan place or lifestyle is one lacking comfort or luxury. The word is a tribute to the Spartans of ancient Greece, traditional foes of Athens, who left weak or sickly babies out on a cold mountain slope at night to die and forced all children to live in military ‘boarding schools’ from the age of about seven. Their terse speech also gave us the word laconic.

Derivatives

spartanly

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