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spartan

[ spahr-tn ]SEE DEFINITION OF spartan

Synonyms for spartan

  • brave
  • hardy
  • plain
  • simple
  • austere
  • courageous
  • disciplined
  • doughty
  • frugal
  • laconic
  • rigorous
  • undaunted
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Antonyms for spartan

  • complex
  • complicated
  • decorated
  • difficult
  • embellished
  • intricate
  • ornate
  • unclear
  • luxurious
  • opulent
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There was a Spartan law forbidding masters to emancipate their slaves.

But when they reached Rhegium, the wary Spartan was already beyond their reach.

He was long described by his Spartan mother, who thought him a dunce, as only ‘food for powder.’

Plato has criticised this as a marked defect of the Spartan system.

It is hard for her to part from you, and she has behaved like a Spartan.

Every Spartan had to marry, and the bonds of matrimony were strictly observed.

But there were two fundamental errors in the Spartan organization.

Godwin contemplates no Spartan plan of common labour or common meals.

Instead of the gong for dinner, let us hear a whistle from the Spartan fife.

Plato was aware of the danger, and has improved on the Spartan custom.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "of or pertaining to the ancient Greek city of Sparta," from Sparta capital of Laconia, famed for severity of its social order, the frugality of its people, the valor of its army, and the brevity of its speech. Meaning "characterized by frugality or courage" is from 1640s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SPARTAN

ascetic

adjectiveself-denying
  • abstaining
  • abstemious
  • abstinent
  • austere
  • disciplined
  • puritanical
  • spartan
  • strict

frugal

adjectiveeconomical
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