from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The distinguishing spirit or a characteristic practice or quality of the ancient Spartans. See Spartan.


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  • 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.

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  • Thus one must not assume that Hemingwayan spartanism is the only desirable mode, unless one is ready to indict T.S. Eliot,

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 3


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