Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The distinguishing spirit or a characteristic practice or quality of the ancient Spartans. See Spartan.
“So the struggle goes on -- but sometimes it's worth remembering as you fight to give away that special blue turtleneck that is, nevertheless, stained in a conspicuous place -- that the goal isn't puritan spartanism, but freedom to love the beautiful more fully.”
“Thus one must not assume that Hemingwayan spartanism is the only desirable mode, unless one is ready to indict T.S. Eliot,”
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