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spartan -- (with a lowercase "s")
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The Age of Innocence
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  • And having arrived at this Spartan decision Mr. Welland firmly took up his fork.
  • If May had spoken out her grievances (he suspected her of many) he might have laughed them away; but she was trained to conceal imaginary wounds under a Spartan smile.

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  • It’s a spartan building with a corrugated steel roof that shakes so badly when a plane passes overhead, she half expects it to collapse.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • It is an unnerving thing, but when I was underneath the water, gliding in that black chill, my mind’s eye suddenly seemed to carry to a perspective high above, from where I could see the exacting, telling shapes of all: the spartan surfaces of the pool deck, the tight-clipped manicures of the garden, the venerable house and trees, the fetching, narrow street.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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