court-martial

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v court-martial subject to trial by court-martial
    • n court-martial a trial that is conducted by a military court
    • n court-martial a military court to try members of the armed services who are accused of serious breaches of martial law
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Court-martial A court consisting of military or naval officers, for the trial of one belonging to the army or navy, or of offenses against military or naval law.
    • v. t Court-martial To subject to trial by a court-martial.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • court-martial To arraign and try by court martial (as an officer of the army or navy) for offenses against the military or naval laws of the country. See court martial, under court.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Court-martial a court held by officers of the army or navy for the trial of offences against military or naval laws:—pl. Courts′-mar′tial; one improvised in time of war round an upturned drum for summary judgment is a Drumhead court-martial
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Quotations

  • Brendan F. Behan
    Brendan F. Behan
    “I was court-martial in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. cort (Fr. cour)—Low L. cortis, a courtyard—L. cors, cohors, an enclosure; akin to Gr. chortos, an enclosed place, L. hortus, a garden. See Yard.

Usage

In literature:

Two days later I was arrested under charges, was tried by court-martial, and dismissed from the service in disgrace.
"Molly McDonald" by Randall Parrish
Or will you have a court martial?
"At Ypres with Best-Dunkley" by Thomas Hope Floyd
The circumstances were concealed from the country, and the rest of the fleet, as effectually as if the court-martial had never been held.
"The Life of Admiral Viscount Exmouth" by Edward Osler
Which shows that Assizes and Sessions have something to learn from courts-martial.
"Leaves from a Field Note-Book" by J. H. Morgan
Within forty-eight hours the court-martial sat.
"Betty at Fort Blizzard" by Molly Elliot Seawell
The sentencing powers conferred by court-martial were at that time beyond belief.
"The Story of Isaac Brock" by Walter R. Nursey
His recognized sentence is death by court-martial.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of 12)"
These facts are worthy of notice, for there is a facile popular impression that Courts-Martial err on the side of stringency.
"Types of Naval Officers" by A. T. Mahan
Those two cadets are going up before a general court-martial.
"Sabotage in Space" by Carey Rockwell
Nor, is he subject to court-martial or other military discipline.
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"
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In poetry:

With banners and martial music,
With drum-beat and trumpet-blare,
They all marched to Anhalt Bernberg,
To the palace court-yard there.
"The Prince Of Anhalt Dessau" by Nora Pembroke
When list'ning, with suspended breath,
A wretch his dreadful sentence hears,
In Martial Court, where worse than Death
The Military Culprit fears.
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
Once I was drummed out, tho' today I'm a hero
With all that a soldier could wish.
Ay, once poor old Sam stood before a Court Martial
With head bowed in shame and anguish.
"Sam Drummed Out" by Weston and Lee

In news:

Corrects prosecutor's name and charges in Nov 11 story on court martial.
Court-martial begins in baby's death.
Court-martial delayed for Fort Hood shooting suspect.
Hasan's beard raises bias questions about court martial judge.
SAN ANTONIO — An instructor at an Air Force base in Texas is facing various charges at a court-martial resulting from a sex scandal at one of the nation's busiest military training centers.
Lackland instructor pleads not guilty in latest court martial.
The latest military training instructor accused of having an inappropriate relationship with trainees entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday as his court martial got underway.
New sex-case court-martial kicks into gear.
Legal experts add prosecutors in the court-martial proceedings will face a complicated task of proving the top charge of negligent homicide.
E-5's court-martial opens in Chen hazing case.
Court-martial begins in Pvt.
A seven-member jury of military personnel is hearing the court-martial of Staff Sgt Luis Walker at Lackland Air Force base.
Lackland sex abuse court martial continues.
The first court martial in the death of Pvt.
An ethnic Dagestani martial arts fighter was spared jail on Tuesday by a Moscow court that found him guilty of the manslaughter of an ethnic Russian in a case that could fuel protests on the anniversary of nationalist riots.
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