Martial [mahr-shuh l] noun

  1. Marcus Valerius Martialis, a.d. 43?–104?, Roman epigrammatist, born in Spain.

British Dictionary definitions for marcus-valerius-martialis martial adjective

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of war, soldiers, or the military life

Derived Formsmartialism, nounmartialist, nounmartially, adverbmartialness, nounWord Origin for martial C14: from Latin martiālis of Mars 1 Martial 1 adjective

  1. of or relating to Mars

Martial 2 noun

  1. full name Marcus Valerius Martialis. ?40–?104 ad, Latin epigrammatist and poet, born in Spain

Word Origin and History for marcus-valerius-martialis martial adj.

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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