• WordNet 3.6
    • adj martial of or relating to the armed forces "martial law"
    • adj martial (of persons) befitting a warrior "a military bearing"
    • adj martial suggesting war or military life
    • n Martial Roman poet noted for epigrams (first century BC)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tessenjutsu is a deadly martial art in Japan that is based solely on the use of a fan.
    • Martial Belonging to war, or to an army and navy; -- opposed to civil; as, martial law; a court-martial.
    • Martial Of, pertaining to, or suited for, war; military; as, martial music; a martial appearance. "Martial equipage."
    • Martial (Old Chem. & Old Med) Pertaining to, or containing, iron; chalybeate; as, martial preparations.
    • Martial Pertaining to, or resembling, the god, or the planet, Mars.
    • Martial Practiced in, or inclined to, war; warlike; brave. "But peaceful kings, o'er martial people set,
      Each other's poise and counterbalance are."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • martial [capitalized] Pertaining to or characteristic of the god Mars.
    • martial Of or pertaining to war; of warlike character; military; warlike; soldierly: as, a martial equipage or appearance; martial music; a martial nation.
    • martial Having reference to a state of war, or to a military organization; connected with the army and navy: opposed to civil: as, martial law; a court martial.
    • martial [capitalized] Pertaining to or resembling the planet Mars.
    • martial In old chemistry, having the properties of iron.
    • n martial A soldier, or military man.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Martial mär′shal belonging to Mars, the god of war, or to the planet Mars: of or belonging to war, or to the army and navy: warlike: brave
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  • 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.”
  • W. S. Gilbert
    “In enterprise of martial kind, when there was any fighting, he led his regiment from behind -- he found it less exciting.”
  • 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. martialis, of or belonging to Mars, the god of war. Cf. March the month
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. martialisMars, Martis.


In literature:

The sentinel of Rue Richelieu has, therefore, eight citizens more to kill before he can be brought before a court-martial.
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
The authorities also recommended that several of the white marines (p. 093) involved be court-martialed.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.
And after he's gone I opens the court martial.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
Lee was tried by court-martial and at first suspended from command, then expelled from the army.
"The War of Independence" by John Fiske
But only when thine honour shall demand, Or injured right, upraise thy martial hand.
"The Song of the Exile--A Canadian Epic" by Wilfred S. Skeats
To what standard of martial conduct would the Major adhere?
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
But I say, Tom, you look as grave as a marine at a Court-Martial.
"For Fortune and Glory" by Lewis Hough
An Act concerning Martial Law.
"Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry" by Thomas Davis
When we get to Santa Fe our prisoners can be tried by court-martial.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
In two days after the riot martial law was declared.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866" by Various

In poetry:

Now, onward as they press'd along,
Did nought their course oppose;
Till full before the martial throng
The Muses' gates arose.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
Then, Scotia, pour thy native lays,
All tender, simple, wildly sweet,
Thy martial, mournful, lively airs,
Where Beauty, Power, and Pathos meet.
"The Power and Beauty of Scottish Song" by Janet Hamilton
What martial soul there found rebirth,
When on those cliffs, then scarcely known,
There once more visited the earth
The spirit called Napoleon?
"Corsica" by John Lawson Stoddard
He sleeps alone;—the mountain cloud
That night hangs round him, and the breath
Of morning scatters, is the shroud
That wraps his martial form in death.
"The Exile At Rest" by John Pierpont
We are a regiment, whose martial cry
Is the cry of peace! Above war's puppet dead
Our avenging banner trails across the sky,
Till the sky itself streams red.
"Paradox" by Benjamin Musser
The arm that wore the shield, strip bare;
The hand that held the martial rein,
And hurled the spear on many a plain--
Stretch--till they clasp the shackles there!
"Virginia Capta" by Margaret Junkin Preston

In news:

Max and May Champion live by the beach where they study a special martial arts known as The WaterStyle.
Tae Kwon Do and other forms of martial arts have been steadily growing in popularity as parents look to help boost their kids' confidence and abilities in self defense.
Palatine Martial Arts offers Taekwondo and Haidong Gumdo training in Palatine , Illinois.
Gentry Martial Arts visited Prince of Peace Lutheran School this week.
Mixed martial arts fighter Randy Couture smiles after a workout at the Xtreme Couture gym on November 5, 2008.
The striking woman in the black Mossimo bikini played softball on her high school team and took up martial arts for a few years after that.
So continues life in the mixed martial arts.
Two of Philadelphia’s best mixed martial artists will be on display tonight at Alexandra Hall.
Chris Weidman celebrates after beating Mark Munoz in a UFC on Fuel 4 Mixed Martial Arts middleweight bout in San Jose, Calif, Wednesday, July 11, 2012.
Mixed Martial Arts cage fighting demonstration and Velvet Ring Girl contest at OC Auto Show.
Mixed martial arts at the DC Armory.
It was one of the most anticipated 205-pound fights in mixed martial arts history.
They finally met Saturday night at UFC 139 in San Jose, Calif And for mixed martial arts fans it was worth the wait.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although nobody in mixed martial arts has any real idea how to beat Lyoto Machida, nobody can accuse Mauricio "Shogun" Rua of not giving it his best shot.
Deep in pre-production on Kill Bill, his female martial arts/action revenge flick, QT was even more wired than usual.