martial law

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n martial law the body of law imposed by the military over civilian affairs (usually in time of war or civil crisis); overrides civil law
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Martial law See under Martial.
    • Martial law the law administered by the military power of a government when it has superseded the civil authority in time of war, or when the civil authorities are unable to enforce the laws.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.
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Quotations

  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “Members of Congress were told they could face martial law if they didn't pass the bailout bill. This will not be the last time.”

Usage

In literature:

He placed the city under martial law and made every man a sailor or a soldier compelled to the restrictions and the rules governing the army.
"How the Flag Became Old Glory" by Emma Look Scott
He proclaimed martial law.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 6 of 8" by Various
Fine quarters were found for the command in the village of La Mesilla, and the district was under martial law.
"Frontier service during the rebellion" by George H. Pettis
The so-called 'martial law' is simply an application of the power given by the common law to put down actual insurrection by force.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
General Botha replied to the rebel by proclaiming martial law throughout the Union.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Small riots occurred and martial law was immediately declared.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
Martial law was in force in Chicago, in Prague, in Madrid, and in Buenos Aires.
"Invasion" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
There was trial by jury goin' on by daylight, There was martial-law hangin' the lavins by night.
"The Universal Reciter" by Various
Martial law was to supersede civil authority.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The whole country east of the Mississippi was placed under martial law.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
But the men had tried to resist, and martial law must be obeyed.
"Angelot" by Eleanor Price
Four townships under martial law an' movin' out the people.
"The Fifth-Dimension Tube" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Kenton City is under martial law.
"The Lieutenant-Governor" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Elgin was urged to proclaim martial law and put down mob rule by the use of troops.
"The Winning of Popular Government" by Archibald Macmechan
Proclaim martial law if necessary.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
In both places martial law existed.
"With the French in France and Salonika" by Richard Harding Davis
Within the besieged area martial law prevailed universally.
"The Angel of the Revolution" by George Griffith
Now, do you know anything of martial law?
"Eyes Like the Sea" by Mór Jókai
The place was really under martial law.
"The Land of Nome" by Lanier McKee
AMERICAN MILITARY LAW AND PRACTICE OF COURTS MARTIAL, by Lieut.
"Endless Amusement" by Unknown
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In poetry:

This man loves farming, that man law,
While this one follows pathways martial--
What moots it whither mortals turn?
Grim fate from her mysterious urn
Doles out the lots with hand impartial.
"In Praise Of Contentment" by Eugene Field
Oh deem not dead that martial fire,
Say not the mystic flame is spent!
With Moses' law and David's lyre,
Your ancient strength remains unbent.
Let but an Ezra rise anew,
To lift the BANNER OF THE JEW!
"The Banner Of The Jew" by Emma Lazarus
"Rouse thee from out thy dreams! Awake! Awake!
Thou priest who cometh of a martial line!--
Thou hast its strength, thy will no man can break:
Go forth unarmed, the law of love to take
Into a lonely land, that yet is Mine."
"Jean De Breboeuf" by Virna Sheard

In news:

The president declares de facto martial law.
Egypt Court Strikes a Decree Reimposing Martial Law.
W-B ponders martial law .
Breaking News Martial Law (Not Really) Declared in Nashville.
'I don't care if the pope declared martial law '.
If you are a commissioned police officer with supplemental pay from the state you should know there is no martial law under our state Constitution.
Are we preparing for martial law .
Madagascar's Leader Declares Martial Law .
President Didier Ratsiraka declared martial law today, saying that two months of strikes and mass protests that turned violent this week had left him with no other choice.
The Nationalist Government ended 38 years of martial law today and called the move "a new milestone" for democracy on this island still technically at war with the Chinese mainland.
Martial law in Houston.
Go to main page USA News Did Obama sign a martial law executive order.
Martial arts instructor Eang Ung is still in trouble with the law for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his wife.
Martial law will not be declared.
Poles march to remember martial law in 1981.
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