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Definition practicing self-denial in matters of comfort
  • ] O Spartan dog, More fell than anguish, hunger, or the sea!
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • During the reading of this, which was long, the public attention was continually drawn towards Andrea, who bore the inspection with Spartan unconcern.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He even insisted on their taking the subway—though after dinner he usually forgot that he was being Spartan, and ordered a taxicab.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • On third and inches inside their own twenty, the Spartan quarterback faked a handoff to the fullback.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • But I had the courage to hold my tongue, to gnaw at my entrails like the Spartan boy.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • And having arrived at this Spartan decision Mr. Welland firmly took up his fork.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Our hut is at the edge of a field that stretches as far as I can see and is filled with an army of spartan plants fighting in the wind.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Enjolras, as the reader knows, had something of the Spartan and of the Puritan in his composition.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Having broken out of his own Spartanism, he remade the Trask household, and Adam gave him no opposition.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The degree of sophistication in those surroundings was even more impressive for being so spartan.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Jeff was exploring the rock pools along the narrow Spartan beach-an occupation he found endlessly absorbing.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • To thee, at thy birchen altar, with true Spartan devotion, I have sacrificed my blood.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • A helot of Agesilaus made us a dish of Spartan broth, but I was not able to get down a second spoonful.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • ThE CREEK HOUSE KITCHEN WAS A SPARTAN AFFAIR, LIT by cold fluorescent strips whose casing had become coffins for an assortment of insects.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Certainly she was no Spartan wife.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • During his senior year at Emory, Chris lived off campus in his bare, spartan room furnished with milk crates and a mattress on the floor.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Stralbo's cabin was a spartan affair.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • So, with Spartan firmness, the young authoress laid her first-born on her table, and chopped it up as ruthlessly as any ogre.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Mr. Curtain's desk, a dullpolished, Spartan metal affair, was carefully organized with file boxes and short stacks of paper.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • I'm no Spartan and hold up an anemic wrist to prove it.
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street

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