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martial law

noun

Synonyms of martial law

control of an area by military forces rather than by the police
  • The government has declared martial law throughout the city to stop the riots.
  • an area placed under martial law

Synonyms & Near Synonyms for martial law

Antonyms & Near Antonyms for martial law

  • higher law
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The first known use of martial law was in 1576

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“Martial law.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/martial%20law. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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