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Relating to Sparta in ancient Greece.
painful, not comfortable, intolerable, unbearable, disagreeable, excruciating, agonizing, confining, cramped, spartanView synonyms
- ‘When I started, cruisers always bragged about being tough and Spartan.’
- ‘How can you claim to be Spartan if you can't keep up?’
- ‘Obviously, a democratic society or its subunits could decide to lead as Spartan an existence as they wanted.’
- ‘The tuition in obedience that I received as a boy was too severe, too Spartan to be imposed upon Athenians.’
- ‘Though born lame in one leg, and displaying a streak of romanticism, Agesilaus was typically Spartan in his qualities and limitations.’
- ‘The only concession to this classically Spartan regime is that each spectator may bring in one bottle of water - size is not specified.’
- ‘Let me therefore first expand a little on Greek, and especially Spartan, competitiveness, and then on Greek, and especially Spartan, attitudes to and practices of freedom.’
- ‘First of all, training is to be Spartan.’
- ‘Tough and Spartan in his habits, he was also a keen rambler, and it was through the Ramblers Association that he met his companion Hazel Weatherhead.’
- ‘The aim of their lessons is Spartan: the Tigers hope to turn the children into " committed freedom fighters, and upright leaders of tomorrow ".’
- ‘To be Spartan meant to be tough.’
- ‘The first was during the Peloponnesian wars and was fought between a largely Spartan and Tegeate army, and a combined army consisting largely of Mantineians, Argives, and Athenians.’
- ‘It was a loving, if somewhat Spartan, upbringing.’
- ‘Of course, she is Spartan and your people rarely expose any weakness, even under the blade of a knife.’
- ‘Google Talk is Spartan in the way that the Lacedemonians were Spartan: it seems ancient!’
- ‘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.’
A citizen of Sparta.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Although the Spartans extended their territory, they did not extend their citizenship.’
- ‘The Athenians were surprised by the Corinthians and Spartans, and the fleet was almost completely destroyed.’
- ‘Athens was no longer the center of Hellenic civilization, having been defeated by the Spartans.’
- ‘Before the wolves can get him, however, he is rescued by a wise old shepherd and brought up as a helot, one of the aboriginal population the Spartans have enslaved.’
- ‘The Helots, and the Spartans ' severe treatment of them, at first puzzled and later disturbed the more sensitive Greek observers.’
- ‘The Spartans viewed themselves as the true inheritors of the Greek tradition.’
- ‘At the outbreak of the Peloponnesian War the Spartans slew any trader they caught sailing around their coast line, irrespective of their ethnicity.’
Showing the indifference to comfort or luxury traditionally associated with ancient Sparta.‘spartan but adequate rooms’
austere, harsh, hard, frugal, stringent, rigorous, arduous, strict, stern, severe, rigidascetic, abstemious, self-denying, hair-shirtbleak, joyless, grim, bare, stark, uncomfortable, simple, plainView synonyms
- ‘Schmidt is potentially a cold character, spartan with words and frugal with money.’
- ‘Beeston never had palatial buildings, and throughout the C13 - C14 it remained a military base, spartan but potentially effective.’
- ‘The two designs have sometimes been construed as representing a disconcerting shift from the spartan to the lavish.’
- ‘The moon peers through the bare window with a spartan offering of light.’
- ‘Because it is such a spartan environment and lacks significant variation or detail, it lends itself readily to imaginative transformation.’
- ‘My first impression that there was something disconcertingly spartan about the room was reinforced after a bit of tortured thought.’
- ‘The interior of the shuttle was spartan in design - a comcen, which he glimpsed as they moved him into the back.’
- ‘Use this spartan, but functional online viewer.’
- ‘It's a spartan, occasionally pretentious piece of work, but more than redeemed by two elegant central performances.’
- ‘The dining room, not exactly spartan but simpler than most of Starck's restaurant interiors, is high enough to afford fine westerly views upriver to the City and beyond.’
- ‘Living conditions were harsh and spartan with many families living in humpies or tents.’
- ‘It's a sparse, spartan film, especially in its Scottish scenes and has none of the warmth of Ramsay's engaging debut, Ratcatcher.’
- ‘Between 3,000 and 5,000 years old, these trees are testimony to spartan living under harsh conditions.’
- ‘The words spartan and bare did not even begin to describe the place Taro called home.’
- ‘Inside, he was relieved to discover, the ambience was not quite so discouragingly spartan as outside.’
- ‘The bed, spartan nightstand, and two chairs seemed enough.’
- ‘What lets it down is the over-egged direction which works against the spartan plot.’
- ‘The furnishing is spartan but includes an immense grandfather clock which strikes the hour with a shattering noise.’
- ‘The lack of decent furnishings gave the apartment a spartan look.’
- ‘My room reminds me of some apartments I lived in as a much younger man: spartan, white-washed, built around the time my parents were teenagers.’
Mid 17th century: from Spartan, because the inhabitants of Sparta were traditionally held to be indifferent to comfort or luxury.
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