martial

adjective
mar·​tial | \ ˈmär-shəl \

Definition of martial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or suited for war or a warrior martial music a martial tone of voice— Tim Appelo martial prowess
2 : relating to an army or to military life martial discipline stories of martial tradition— Ewen Macaskill
3 : experienced in or inclined to war : warlike its martial people fought the British to a standstill— Mary Anne Weaver

Martial

biographical name
Mar·​tial | \ ˈmär-shəl \

Definition of Martial (Entry 2 of 2)

circa a.d. 40–circa 103 Marcus Valerius Martialis Roman epigrammatist

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Other Words from martial

Adjective

martially \ -​shə-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for martial

Synonyms: Adjective

military, soldierly

Antonyms: Adjective

unsoldierly

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Martial and Roman Mythology

Mars was the Roman god of war and one of the patron gods of Rome itself. He was responsible for everything military, from warriors to weapons to marching music. Thus, martial arts are skills of combat and self-defense also practiced as sport. When martial law is declared, a country's armed forces take over the functions of the police. And a court-martial is a military court or trial.

Examples of martial in a Sentence

Adjective

the marching band played “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and several other martial airs one of the basic tenets of martial law

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There’s an unmistakable pleasure in seeing Grey go in for the kill, and not just because of his pinpoint-precise martial-arts moves and creative use of kitchen crockery. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "'Upgrade' is a sleek, strikingly designed A.I. vigilante thriller," 31 May 2018 He was busted down a rank at court-martial May 24, restricted for 60 days and fined two-thirds of a month’s pay. Jasmine Khayami And Elizabeth Strassner, USA TODAY, "Collisions reveal a Navy tragically undone by its can-do spirit," 25 June 2018 As the court-martial convening authority, the general could not have imposed a harsher sentence but did have the option of reducing the punishment. Anchorage Daily News, "Fort Bragg general approves sentence for Bowe Bergdahl," 6 June 2018 The court-martial trial of three SEALs accused of committing war crimes began with a flurry of motions Monday morning inside the courtroom of Naval Base San Diego. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "War crimes court-martial starts for SEALs; Navy's top attorney accused of unlawful command influence," 9 Apr. 2018 The preliminary hearing officer will recommend the level of court-martial Begay will face in Barclay-Weberpal's death. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man accused of murdering Marine from Wisconsin appears in court," 22 Mar. 2018 Told largely from Cleo’s perspective, the film focuses on her daily work around the house and her stressful love affair with a local martial artist. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The first film by Roma director Alfonso Cuarón is streaming on Netflix," 23 Nov. 2018 The public remarks were initially dismissed in U.S. policy circles as the sort of martial bluster people have come to expect from the reality TV star turned commander in chief. Joshua Goodman, Fox News, "US official: Trump pressed aides about Venezuela invasion," 4 July 2018 The public remarks were initially dismissed in U.S. policy circles as the sort of martial bluster people have come to expect from the reality TV star turned commander in chief. NBC News, "Trump pressed aides about Venezuela invasion, official tells AP," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of martial

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for martial

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin martialis of Mars, from Mart-, Mars

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martial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of martial

: of or relating to war or soldiers

martial

adjective
mar·​tial | \ ˈmär-shəl \

Kids Definition of martial

: having to do with or suitable for war martial music martial courage

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