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Definitions for martial
ˈmɑr ʃəlmar·tial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Martial(adj)

    Roman poet noted for epigrams (first century BC)

  2. soldierly, soldierlike, warriorlike, martial(adj)

    (of persons) befitting a warrior

    "a military bearing"

  3. warlike, martial(adj)

    suggesting war or military life

  4. martial(a)(adj)

    of or relating to the armed forces

    "martial law"


  1. martial(Adjective)

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

  2. martial(Adjective)

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

  3. martial(Adjective)

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

  4. Martial(ProperNoun)

    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. Martial(ProperNoun)

    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. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Martial(adj)

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

  2. Martial(adj)

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

  3. Martial(adj)

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

  4. Martial(adj)

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

  5. Martial(adj)

    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).

Editors Contribution

  1. martial

    Of or relating to a variety of codified sport with defined rules which involves physical exercise and movement through specific performed movements and techniques.

    There are a variety of martial arts that involve a variety of movements which are deemed to be martial.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on December 20, 2015  

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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. Anuj Somany:

    As the position of the letter 'i' changes in the MARiTAL, it becomes MARTiAL.

  2. David Leitch:

    Idris is an artist in so many ways ; he's an incredible actor and also a martial artist and a musician.

  3. Shoshana Roberts:

    I have been doing martial arts since I was nine, and I have a black belt in tae kwon do ... and I am scared.

  4. Thanawut Wichaidit:

    This law will replace martial law and control political protests which is an infringement on people's rights.

  5. Niki Caro:

    It’s a big, girlie martial arts epic. It will be extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving.

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