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[mahr-shuh l] /ˈmɑr ʃəl/

inclined or disposed to war; warlike:
The ancient Romans were a martial people.
of, suitable for, or associated with war or the armed forces:
martial music.
characteristic of or befitting a warrior:
a martial stride.
of, relating to, or characteristic of war, soldiers, or the military life
of or relating to Mars
full name Marcus Valerius Martialis. ?40–?104 ad, Latin epigrammatist and poet, born in Spain

late 14c., “warlike,” from Latin martialis “of Mars or war,” from Mars (genitive Martis), Roman god of war; see Mars. Related: Martially. Martial law, “military rule over civilians,” first recorded 1530s.


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