Martial

[mahr-shuh l]
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British Dictionary definitions for marcus-valerius-martialis

martial

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of war, soldiers, or the military life
Derived Formsmartialism, nounmartialist, nounmartially, adverbmartialness, noun

Word Origin for martial

C14: from Latin martiālis of Mars 1

Martial

1
adjective
  1. of or relating to Mars

Martial

2
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 marcus-valerius-martialis

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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