spartan

Part of speech: adjective

Pertaining to Sparta in ancient Greece, or to the Spartans; heroically brave and enduring.

Part of speech: noun

A native or citizen of Sparta; a brave and enduring person.

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Usage examples "spartan":

  1. But it so happened that Brasidas, son of Tellis, a Spartan, was in command of a guard for the defence of the district. - "The History of the Peloponnesian War", Thucydides.
  2. Heaven is kind, as a noble mother; as that Spartan mother, saying, while she gave her son his shield, 'With it, my son, or upon it, thou, too, shalt return home in honour- to thy far distant home in honour- doubt it not- if in the battle thou keep thy shield! - "A Cotswold Village", J. Arthur Gibbs.
  3. " You're a Spartan," said her brother in awe, as he looked on that thin, stern face. - "Black Jack", Max Brand.