- Marcus Valerius Martialis, a.d. 43?–104?, Roman epigrammatist, born in Spain.
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- of, relating to, or characteristic of war, soldiers, or the military life
Word Origin for martial
C14: from Latin martiālis of Mars 1
- of or relating to Mars
- full name Marcus Valerius Martialis. ?40–?104 ad, Latin epigrammatist and poet, born in Spain
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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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