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martial

[mahr-shuh l] /ˈmɑr ʃəl/
adjective
1.
inclined or disposed to war; warlike:
The ancient Romans were a martial people.
2.
of, suitable for, or associated with war or the armed forces:
martial music.
3.
characteristic of or befitting a warrior:
a martial stride.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin Mārtiālis of, belonging to Mars, equivalent to Mārti- (stem of Mārs) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
martialism, noun
martialist, noun
martially, adverb
martialness, noun
nonmartial, adjective
nonmartially, adverb
nonmartialness, noun
unmartial, adjective
Can be confused
marshal, marital, martial.
Synonyms
2. military, soldierly.

Martial

[mahr-shuh l] /ˈmɑr ʃəl/
noun
1.
(Marcus Valerius Martialis) a.d. 43?–104? Roman epigrammatist, born in Spain.
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  • Looting broke out and martial law was declared.
  • It reminds me of the belt system in martial arts.
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  • As a teenager, Cai studied martial arts and appeared in a few kung fu films.
  • Here glancing on a stern and martial form.
  • Mixed martial arts combines wrestling, boxing and kick boxing with
  • The martial mood intensifies.
  • It has declared martial law; now it is seeking to rescind it.
  • Where glow'd each bosom with the martial flame.
  • He did away with his wife and he was tried by a court martial for premeditated murder — a capital offense.
British Dictionary definitions for martial

martial

/ˈmɑːʃəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of war, soldiers, or the military life
Derived Forms
martialism, noun
martialist, noun
martially, adverb
martialness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin martiālis of Mars1

Martial1

/ˈmɑːʃəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Mars

Martial2

/ˈmɑːʃəl/
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 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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