martial

[ mahr-shuhl ]
/ ˈmɑr ʃəl /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. martensite,
  2. martha,
  3. martha washington chair,
  4. martha washington table,
  5. martha's vineyard,
  6. martial art,
  7. martial arts,
  8. martial law,
  9. martially,
  10. martian

Origin of martial

1325–75; Middle English < Latin Mārtiālis of, belonging to Mars, equivalent to Mārti- (stem of Mārs) + -ālis -al1

Related forms
Can be confusedmarshal marital martial

Martial

[ mahr-shuh l ]
/ ˈmɑr ʃəl /

noun

Marcus Valerius Martialis, a.d. 43?–104?, Roman epigrammatist, born in Spain.
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British Dictionary definitions for martial

martial

/ (ˈmɑːʃəl) /

adjective

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
/ (ˈmɑːʃəl) /

adjective

of or relating to Mars

Martial

2
/ (ˈmɑːʃəl) /

noun

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

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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