Definition of Martial

1. Noun. Roman poet noted for epigrams (first century BC).

Generic synonyms: Poet

2. Adjective. (of persons) befitting a warrior. "A military bearing"
Exact synonyms: Soldierlike, Soldierly, Warriorlike
Similar to: Military
Derivative terms: Soldier

3. Adjective. Suggesting war or military life.
Exact synonyms: Warlike
Similar to: Military

4. Adjective. Of or relating to the armed forces. "Martial law"
Similar to: Military

Definition of Martial

1. a. Of, pertaining to, or suited for, war; military; as, martial music; a martial appearance.

Definition of Martial

1. Proper noun. ( male given name) narrowly applied to certain historic persons (but some of its foreign cognates are modern given names). ¹

2. Proper noun. Anglicized cognomen or given name of the Roman poet Marcus Valerius Martialis, born in Spain in the first century AD and noted for his epigrams. ¹

3. Adjective. Of, relating to, or suggestive of war; warlike. ¹

4. Adjective. Relating to or connected with the armed forces or the profession of arms or military life. ¹

5. Adjective. (comparable) Characteristic of or befitting a warrior; having a military bearing; soldierly, soldierlike, warriorlike. ¹

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Definition of Martial

1. pertaining to war [adj]

Medical Definition of Martial

1. 1. Of, pertaining to, or suited for, war; military; as, martial music; a martial appearance. "Martial equipage." 2. Practiced in, or inclined to, war; warlike; brave. "But peaceful kings, o'er martial people set, Each other's poise and counterbalance are." (Dryden) 3. Belonging to war, or to an army and navy; opposed to civil; as, martial law; a court-martial. 4. Pertaining to, or resembling, the god, or the planet, Mars. 5. Pertaining to, or containing, iron; chalybeate; as, martial preparations. Martial flowers, a reddish crystalline salt of iron; the ammonio-chloride of iron. Martial law, the law administered by the military power of a government when it has superseded the civil authority in time of war, or when the civil authorities are unable to enforce the laws. It is distinguished from military law, the latter being the code of rules for the regulation of the army and navy alone, either in peace or in war. Synonym: Martial, Warlike. Martial refers more to war in action, its array, its attendants, etc.; as, martial music, a martial appearance, a martial array, courts-martial, etc. Warlike describes the feeling or temper which leads to war, and the adjuncts of war; as, a warlike nation, warlike indication, etc. The two words are often used without discrimination. Origin: F, fr. L. Martialis of or belonging to Mars, the god of war. Cf. March the month. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Martial

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Literary usage of Martial

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1922)
"Retired officers are "officers in the military service" of the United States competent to sit on a court-martial under the fourth Article of War ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"Whether a court-martial or something else, it was a board of military officers, convened by a military commander under color of his military authority. ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Courts-martial differ trom civil tribunals not only in the nature and extent of ... When the case, or cases, referred to a court-martial for trial have been ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by United States Supreme Court, Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1901)
"[182] The charges on which the court-martial was ordered to try the ... If the court-martial has jurisdiction of the principal charge and of some or all of ..."

5. The Nation: The Foundations of Civil Order and Political Life in the United by Elisha Mulford (1877)
"1 The power to establish martial law, in the latter sense, ... The declaration of martial law in this sense, is in substance the same as the suspension of ..."

6. Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution by Albert Venn Dicey (1902)
"NOTE XII martial LAW IN ENGLAND DURING TIME OF WAR OR INSURRECTION ' THE question for our consideration is, on what principle, and within what limits, ..."

7. American Book Prices Current (1921)
"martial DE PARIS. LIII Arrests d'Amours. Rouen, 1587. 8vo. Orig. vel. ... martial Achievements of Great Britain and Her Allies, from 1799 to 1815. ..."

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