martial

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

martialism, noun
martialist, noun
martially, adverb
martialness, noun
nonmartial, adjective
nonmartially, adverb
nonmartialness, noun
unmartial, adjective

marshal, marital, martial.


2. military, soldierly.
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Martial

[mahr-shuhl]
noun
(Marcus Valerius Martialis) a.d. 43?–104?, Roman epigrammatist, born in Spain.
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martial (ˈmɑːʃəl)
 
adj
of, relating to, or characteristic of war, soldiers, or the military life
 
[C14: from Latin martiālis of Mars1]
 
'martialism
 
n
 
'martialist
 
n
 
'martially
 
adv
 
'martialness
 
n

Martial1 (ˈmɑːʃəl)
 
adj
of or relating to Mars

Martial2 (ˈmɑːʃəl)
 
n
full name Marcus Valerius Martialis. ?40--?104 ad, Latin epigrammatist and poet, born in Spain

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martial
late 14c., from L. martialis "of Mars or war," from Mars (gen. Martis), Roman god of war. Martial law first recorded 1530s.
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Example sentences
Looting broke out and martial law was declared.
It reminds me of the belt system in martial arts.
You write that the Bangladeshi army might just declare martial law.
As a teenager, Cai studied martial arts and appeared in a few kung fu films.
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