martial

adjective mar·tial \ ˈmär-shəl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of martial

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

martially

play \-shə-lē\ adverb

Examples of martial in a Sentence

  1. the marching band played “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and several other martial airs

  2. one of the basic tenets of martial law

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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.

Origin and Etymology of martial

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


Martial

biographical name Mar·tial \ ˈmär-shəl \

Definition of Martial

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

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.


MARTIAL Defined for English Language Learners

martial

adjective

Definition of martial for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to war or soldiers


MARTIAL Defined for Kids

martial

adjective mar·tial \ ˈmär-shəl \

Definition of martial for Students

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


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