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general court-martial

a court-martial having the authority to try any offense against military law and to impose a sentence of dishonorable discharge or of death when provided by law.
Origin of general court-martial
First recorded in 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The colonel could not deal with the case, only to make application for a general court-martial, which was immediately done.

    A Soldier's Life Edwin G. Rundle
  • At one time there was no limit to the number of lashes that a general court-martial might award.

  • It has been my intention to forward charges of a serious nature against you, and to urge your trial by general court-martial.

    Lanier of the Cavalry

    Charles King
  • There was no array of uniformed judges sitting, by order, as a general court-martial.

    Lanier of the Cavalry

    Charles King
  • A general court-martial found me guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.

  • Still it were better for a court to decide upon these matters, and to that end he decided to request a general court-martial.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
  • He had tried these traitorous officers by general court-martial, and had had them shot.

    Fire and Sword in the Sudan Rudolf C. Slatin
  • He was found guilty of the double offence by general court-martial, and sentenced to fifty lashes.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell
  • That voluble scoundrel was in the guard-house, awaiting trial by general court-martial.

    A Trooper Galahad Charles King
  • A man from one of the new regular regiments had been sentenced by a general court-martial to be shot for desertion.

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