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  • adj. superlative form of spare: most spare.


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  • While explanatory texts are frustratingly short and few, photographs showing the white-robed monks serving meals in the unadorned white-walled refectory, studying in the book-lined scriptorium and making mustard and face cream in their new workhouse convey better than any script the fullness of experience possible in even the sparest settings.

    The Pared Minimum

  • Consisting as it does of only two elements, "Bull's Head" is Picasso's sparest sculpture.

    A Magical Metamorphosis of the Ordinary

  • Dunning wrote that a 1988 performance of "Water Lilies" was characterized by "a rich minimalism that calls to mind the sparest and most distilled of traditional Japanese dance forms -- and a concentration that pinpoints the viewer's attention so that we nearly forget to breathe."

    Modern dance's Kazuo Ohno dies at 103

  • But it's when the music is at its sparest that "Lazerproof" offers its central revelation: that Jackson's singing might be greater than the sum of La Roux's parts.

    Review of Major Lazer and La Roux's album ‘Lazerproof'

  • Variety's Derek Elley: "One of the South Korean maverick's sparest and most dispassionate works, though still marbled with weirdly comic and tender moments, this quietly affecting item will play best to Kim's existing fan club rather than enroll many new members."

    GreenCine Daily: Cannes. Breath.

  • I dont know what youre talking about, she said with the sparest hint of a smile.

    Paradise Lost

  • If "saying a lot with the sparest of elements, and not caring if you seem like a bit of a fool as long as you say what you mean" is the essence of R&R, I'd pick Kind of Blue or maybe A Love Supremeas the greatest Rock album of all time.

    Buddy Holly "got as close as anyone has to the essence of rock 'n' roll...."

  • Thou sparest when we deserve punishment, And in thy wrath thinkest upon mercy.

    Ash Wednesday . . . Old School

  • My suitcases held only the sparest handful of the books I valued, since it had always been my habit – privately I felt it to be an ecstasy – to enter, as into a mysterious vault, any public library.

    Yatima » 2008 » March

  • We are here for my Christmas present, seeing Souvenir, Sweeney Todd, and Doubt, tickets courtesy of Richard, and accommodations courtesy of Elizabeth's sparest spare room.

    Archive 2006-01-01


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