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ˈmɑr ʃəlMar·tial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Martialadjective

    Roman poet noted for epigrams (first century BC)

  2. soldierly, soldierlike, warriorlike, martialadjective

    (of persons) befitting a warrior

    "a military bearing"

  3. warlike, martialadjective

    suggesting war or military life

  4. martial(a)adjective

    of or relating to the armed forces

    "martial law"


  1. martialadjective

    Of, relating to, or suggestive of war; warlike.

  2. martialadjective

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

  3. martialadjective

    Characteristic of or befitting a warrior; having a military bearing; soldierly, soldierlike, warriorlike.

  4. Martialnoun

    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

  5. Martialnoun

    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.

  6. Etymology: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Martialadjective

    of, pertaining to, or suited for, war; military; as, martial music; a martial appearance

  2. Martialadjective

    practiced in, or inclined to, war; warlike; brave

  3. Martialadjective

    belonging to war, or to an army and navy; -- opposed to civil; as, martial law; a court-martial

  4. Martialadjective

    pertaining to, or resembling, the god, or the planet, Mars

  5. Martialadjective

    pertaining to, or containing, iron; chalybeate; as, martial preparations


  1. Martial

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Martial

    mär′shal, adj. belonging to Mars, the god of war, or to the planet Mars: of or belonging to war, or to the army and navy: warlike: brave.—ns. Mar′tialism; Mar′tialist.—adv. Mar′tially.Martial law, law enforced during a state of war for the proper government of armies, and for the punishment of those who break the laws of war. [Fr.,—L. martialisMars, Martis.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Martial

    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).

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. martial

    Pertaining to war; suited to war; military, as, martial music; a martial appearance; given to war; warlike; brave, as, a martial nation or people; belonging to war, or to an army and navy; opposed to civil; as, martial law; a court-martial.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Martial in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Martial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Martial in a Sentence

  1. Ryan Pack:

    A country without nukes is like a person without martial arts, they can't defend themselves properly.

  2. Avril Haines:

    And the current trend increases the likelihood that President Russian President Vladimir Putin will turn to more drastic means, including imposing martial law, reorienting industrial production, or potentially escalatory military actions to free up the resources needed to achieve Russian President Vladimir Putin objectives as the conflict drags on, or if Russian President Vladimir Putin perceives The Russians is losing in Ukraine.

  3. Larry Youngner:

    Now that the remainder of Lt. Cmdr. Lin's case has been referred to a court-martial, we request a speedy trial on the merits.

  4. Kevin Orcutt:

    The remainder of the training is for the control applications, which the martial arts experts don't teach because they're not putting people in handcuffs.

  5. Joe Lewis:

    ...we pay for the activities that already exists in their community that they pick as their personal outlet. So we have done things like surfing, baking lessons, swimming lessons... Taekwondo and martial arts, as long as it’s a fun event and it has a coach or instructor component to it, we are going to find a way to say yes.

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