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martial (ˈmɑrʃəl Pronunciation for )



  1. of or suitable for war   ⇒ martial songs
  2. showing a readiness or eagerness to fight; warlike
  3. of the army, the navy, or military life; military
martial refers to anything connected with or characteristic of war or armies, connoting esp. pomp, discipline, etc. [martial music, martial law ]; warlike stresses the bellicose or aggressive nature or temperament that leads to war or results from preparations for war [a warlike nation ]; military applies to anything having to do with armies or soldiers [military uniforms, police, etc. ]

Derived Forms

ˈmartialˌism noun
ˈmartialist noun
ˈmartially adverb

Word Origin

ME martialle < L martialis, of Mars

Martial (ˈmɑrʃəl Pronunciation for )


  1. (Marcus Valerius Martialis) a.d. 40?-104?; Rom. epigrammatist & poet, born in Spain

Translations for 'martial'

  • American English: martial Martial is used to describe things relating to soldiers or war.The paper was actually twice banned under the martial regime.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: marcial
  • Chinese: 军人的军軍人的
  • European Spanish: marcial
  • French: martial martiale
  • German: Kriegs-
  • Italian: marziale
  • Japanese: 軍隊の
  • Korean: 군의
  • Portuguese: marcial
  • Spanish: marcial

Example Sentences Including 'martial'

He was still the Department martial arts instructor, in spite of giving up his job.
Jefferson Parker SILENT JOE (2002)
The internal conflict that I am describing in the book is not peculiar to Westerners or Asian martial artists, Buddhists or Christians.
Killing the Buddha (2004)
Ryan G. Anderson face a trial by general court martial , the military's highest level of trial court.
Seattle Times (2004)
The photos emerged during the courts martial of three British soldiers charged with abusing prisoners.
Chicago Sun-Times (2005)
He suspended the writ of habeas corpus in critical areas and applied martial law freely.
Garraty, John Arthur The American Nation: A History of the United States to 1877 (1995)


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