Etymology
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Spartan (n.)

early 15c., "citizen of the ancient Greek city of Sparta" (q.v.), from Latin Spartanus. As an adjective from 1580s; meaning "characterized by frugality or courage" is from 1640s.

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Definitions of Spartan
1
spartan (adj.)
resolute in the face of pain or danger or adversity;
spartan courage
spartan (adj.)
unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment; "a parent severe to the pitch of hostility"- H.G.Wells;
Synonyms: severe
spartan (adj.)
practicing great self-denial; "Be systematically ascetic...do...something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it"- William James;
a spartan existence
a spartan diet
Synonyms: ascetic / ascetical / austere
2
Spartan (n.)
a resident of Sparta;
3
Spartan (adj.)
of or relating to or characteristic of Sparta or its people;
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