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Meaning of MARTIAL

Pronunciation:  'mârshul, 'mârshul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  Roman poet noted for epigrams (first century BC)
  2. [adj]  (of persons) befitting a warrior; "a military bearing"
  3. [adj]  suggesting war or military life

MARTIAL is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: military, soldierlike, soldierly, warlike, warriorlike
 See Also: poet



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mar"tial\, a. [F., fr. L. martialis of or belonging to
Mars, the god of war. Cf. {March} the month.]
1. Of, pertaining to, or suited for, war; military; as,
   martial music; a martial appearance. ``Martial equipage.''

2. Practiced in, or inclined to, war; warlike; brave.

         But peaceful kings, o'er martial people set, Each
         other's poise and counterbalance are. --Dryden.

3. Belonging to war, or to an army and navy; -- opposed to
   {civil}; as, martial law; a court-martial.

4. Pertaining to, or resembling, the god, or the planet,
   Mars. --Sir T. Browne.

5. (Old Chem. & Old Med.) Pertaining to, or containing, iron;
   chalybeate; as, martial preparations. [Archaic]

{Martial flowers} (Med.), a reddish crystalline salt of iron;
   the ammonio-chloride of iron. [Obs.]

{Martial law}, the law administered by the military power of
   a government when it has superseded the civil authority in
   time of war, or when the civil authorities are unable to
   enforce the laws. It is distinguished from military law,
   the latter being the code of rules for the regulation of
   the army and navy alone, either in peace or in war.

Syn: {Martial}, {Warlike}.

Usage: Martial refers more to war in action, its array, its
       attendants, etc.; as, martial music, a martial
       appearance, a martial array, courts-martial, etc.
       Warlike describes the feeling or temper which leads to
       war, and the adjuncts of war; as, a warlike nation,
       warlike indication, etc. The two words are often used
       without discrimination.

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