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Spartan adj
1 of or relating to or characteristic of Sparta or its people
2 resolute in the face of pain or danger or adversity; "spartan courage"
3 unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment; "a parent severe to the pitch of hostility"- H.G.Wells; "a hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien"; "a strict disciplinarian"; "a Spartan upbringing" [syn: severe, strict]
4 practicing great self-denial; "Be systematically for no other reason than that you would rather not do it"- William James; "a desert nomad's austere life"; "a spartan diet"; "a spartan existence" [syn: ascetic, ascetical, austere] n : a resident of Sparta

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Proper noun

  1. A citizen of Sparta.


  1. Of or relating to Sparta or its citizens.

Extensive Definition

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spartan in German: Spartan
spartan in Italian: Spartan
spartan in Dutch: Spartan
spartan in Japanese: スパルタン (曖昧さ回避)

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