Definitions for Martialˈmɑr ʃəl
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Roman poet noted for epigrams (first century BC)
soldierly, soldierlike, warriorlike, martial(adj)
(of persons) befitting a warrior
"a military bearing"
suggesting war or military life
of or relating to the armed forces
Of, relating to, or suggestive of war; warlike.
Relating to or connected with the armed forces or the profession of arms or military life.
Characteristic of or befitting a warrior; having a military bearing; soldierly, soldierlike, warriorlike.
narrowly applied to certain historic persons (but some of its foreign cognates are modern given names).
Saint Martial was the first bishop of Limoges circa 250
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.
Origin: Martialis, a Roman cognomen, from martialis "belonging/dedicated to Mars (or to war)", itself from the name of the Roman god of war Mars + -ialis.
of, pertaining to, or suited for, war; military; as, martial music; a martial appearance
practiced in, or inclined to, war; warlike; brave
belonging to war, or to an army and navy; -- opposed to civil; as, martial law; a court-martial
pertaining to, or resembling, the god, or the planet, Mars
pertaining to, or containing, iron; chalybeate; as, martial preparations
Marcus Valerius Martialis, was a Latin poet from Hispania best known for his twelve books of Epigrams, published in Rome between AD 86 and 103, during the reigns of the emperors Domitian, Nerva and Trajan. In these short, witty poems he cheerfully satirises city life and the scandalous activities of his acquaintances, and romanticises his provincial upbringing. He wrote a total of 1,561, of which 1,235 are in elegiac couplets. He is considered to be the creator of the modern epigram.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a Latin poet, born at Bilbilis, in Spain; went to Rome, stayed there, favoured of the emperors Titus and Domitian, for 35 years, and then returned to his native city, where he wrote his Epigrammata, a collection of short poems over 1500 in number, divided into 14 books, books xiii. and xiv. being entitled respectively Xenia and Apophoreta; these epigrams are distinguished for their wit, diction, and indecency, but are valuable for the light they shed on the manners of Rome at the period (43-104).
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