- inclined or disposed to war; warlike: The ancient Romans were a martial people.
- of, suitable for, or associated with war or the armed forces: martial music.
- characteristic of or befitting a warrior: a martial stride.
Origin of martial
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- Marcus Valerius Martialis, a.d. 43?–104?, Roman epigrammatist, born in Spain.
Examples from the Web for martial
Some writers are mathematicians, rhetoricians, satirists, poets, or epigrammatists (Martial).So-Called ‘Biblical Scholar’ Says Jesus A Made-Up Myth
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
October 5, 2014
The discipline required for martial arts fed into the psychology of the character, who approaches everything mission by mission.Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho
September 19, 2014
Nothing is particularly clear because Thailand is in the middle of political upheaval and governed by martial law.The Wild, Wild West of Thai Surrogacy
August 7, 2014
Martial law descends on the city while the KGB knocks on doors of known dissidents.The Belarus Free Theatre’s Badass Dissident Artists Get the HBO Treatment
July 7, 2014
While some polling shows a majority of ordinary Thais approve of martial law, the political class is roiled with suspicion.Thailand’s Non-Coup Coup
May 21, 2014
At 'beautiful Vienne,' Martial boasted that his works were read with avidity.The Roof of France
Farewell to the dismal, blood-red phantom of martial renown!The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
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
Then girt him Beowulf in martial mail, nor mourned for his life.Beowulf
- of, relating to, or characteristic of war, soldiers, or the military life
- of or relating to Mars
- full name Marcus Valerius Martialis. ?40–?104 ad, Latin epigrammatist and poet, born in Spain
Word Origin and History for martial
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.