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Lacedaemonian

[las-i-di-moh-nee-uh n] /ˌlæs ɪ dɪˈmoʊ ni ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to ancient Sparta; Spartan.
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of ancient Sparta; a Spartan.
Origin of Lacedaemonian
1770-1780
First recorded in 1770-80; Lacedaemon + -ian
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Examples from the Web for Lacedaemonian
Historical Examples
  • Nevertheless the Lacedaemonian was the ideal of a primitive Greek state.

    Laws Plato
  • In Ethiopia engraved stones are employed, of which a Lacedaemonian could make no use.

    Eryxias An Imitator of Plato
  • I am explaining that this Lacedaemonian brevity was the style of primitive philosophy.

    Protagoras Plato
  • Such is the tale of the destruction of the Lacedaemonian mora.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • I should like to put a question to the Lacedaemonian Timocrates seated yonder.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • The name of Jason, I feel sure, is not unknown to Lacedaemonian ears.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • There were thirty-five ships from Peloponnesus, with the Lacedaemonian admiral Pythagoras on board.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • What was the Lacedaemonian phalanx in the best days of Lacedaemon?

  • Chilo, the Lacedaemonian ephor, is placed also among the seven.

  • At last an embassy arrived with the Lacedaemonian ultimatum.

British Dictionary definitions for Lacedaemonian

Lacedaemonian

/ˌlæsɪdɪˈməʊnɪən/
adjective, noun
1.
another word for Spartan
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Word Origin and History for Lacedaemonian
adj.

1780, from Latin Lacedaemonius, from Greek Lakedaimonios, from Lakedaimon, an ancient Greek name for Sparta and the district around it.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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