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Feb 3, 2011This week's theme
Words derived from the names of places
This week's words
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
MEANING:adjective: Lacking in comforts; marked by self-discipline or self-restraint.
ETYMOLOGY:After Sparta, an ancient town in southern Greece whose residents were known for strict discipline. First recorded use: 1425.
NOTES:Sparta was the capital of Laconia, which has given another word to the language: laconic. Also, there's a word coined after another town in Laconia: helot.
USAGE:"Jens Jacob cooks and sleeps in the van, his mobile home, sometimes under the stars. It's a spartan existence for the man on the move."
Allan Jacob; On the Road to...; Khaleej Times (Dubai, UAE); Nov 5, 2010.
See more usage examples of spartan in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)
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