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.
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Marshal vs. Martial
While the words are pronounced the same, they do have different meanings. Martial is an adjective that describes things related to war. A marshal is a police or military officer. Martial can only be used as an adjective, but marshal can be used as either a noun or a verb, but not an adjective. “But what about marshall?” you ask? We’ll get to that in …
Origin of general court-martial
First recorded in 1805–15
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