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Dictionary definition for: Spartan

1. (n) a resident of Sparta

2. (a) of or relating to or characteristic of Sparta or its people

3. (s) resolute in the face of pain or danger or adversity; "spartan courage"

4. (s) 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"

5. (s) practicing great self-denial; "Be systematically ascetic...do...something 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"

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