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martial

[mahr-shuh l] /ˈmɑr ʃəl/
adjective
1.
inclined or disposed to war; warlike:
The ancient Romans were a martial people.
2.
of, suitable for, or associated with war or the armed forces:
martial music.
3.
characteristic of or befitting a warrior:
a martial stride.
Origin of martial
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin Mārtiālis of, belonging to Mars, equivalent to Mārti- (stem of Mārs) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
martialism, noun
martialist, noun
martially, adverb
martialness, noun
nonmartial, adjective
nonmartially, adverb
nonmartialness, noun
unmartial, adjective
Can be confused
marshal, marital, martial.
Synonyms
2. military, soldierly.

Martial

[mahr-shuh l] /ˈmɑr ʃəl/
noun
1.
(Marcus Valerius Martialis) a.d. 43?–104? Roman epigrammatist, born in Spain.
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Examples from the Web for martial
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  • At 'beautiful Vienne,' martial boasted that his works were read with avidity.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Farewell to the dismal, blood-red phantom of martial renown!

  • He was young, well-spoken, witty, and skilled in all martial and manly exercises.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • And then he inquired, with martial frown, "Americans, must we go down?"

    Farm Ballads Will Carleton
  • Then girt him Beowulf in martial mail, nor mourned for his life.

    Beowulf Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for martial

martial

/ˈmɑːʃəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of war, soldiers, or the military life
Derived Forms
martialism, noun
martialist, noun
martially, adverb
martialness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin martiālis of Mars1

Martial1

/ˈmɑːʃəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Mars

Martial2

/ˈmɑːʃəl/
noun
1.
full name Marcus Valerius Martialis. ?40–?104 ad, Latin epigrammatist and poet, born in Spain
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Word Origin and History for martial
adj.

late 14c., "warlike," from Latin martialis "of Mars or war," from Mars (genitive Martis), Roman god of war; see Mars. Related: Martially. Martial law, "military rule over civilians," first recorded 1530s.

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