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[spahr-tee-eyt, -shee-] /ˈspɑr tiˌeɪt, -ʃi-/
a member of the ruling class of ancient Laconia; a Spartan citizen.
Compare Helot (def 1), Perioeci.
Origin of Spartiate
Doric Greek
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin Spartiātēs < Doric Greek Spartiā́tēs, equivalent to Spartiā́(s) of Sparta + -tēs personal noun suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A vast volume of mingled smoke and flame and steam rose up, and when it rolled away, the Spartiate had almost vanished.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • A shell dropped upon the deck of the Spartiate, almost amidships.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • The ‘Vanguard’ (our ship) was the first which anchored outside, within half pistol-shot of the ‘Spartiate.’

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
  • A Spartiate poet compares the Helots to "loaded asses stumbling under their burdens and the blows inflicted."

  • By this we were nearly unmanageable, and cracking masts and yards in close contact with the Spartiate.

    The Admiral Douglas Sladen
  • No one knew whether he had the right to refuse assent; accustomed to obey, the Spartiate never refused.

  • A poet describes a play in which Spartiate girls "like colts with flowing manes make the dust fly about them."

  • At seventeen years the Spartiate becomes a soldier and this he until he is sixty.

  • In a matter of life and death, then, it was necessary that a Spartiate be as good as ten Helots.

  • A tremendous crash followed his words, and the Vanguard was seen to pour a broadside into the Spartiate—as before related.

    The Battle and the Breeze R.M. Ballantyne

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