Definition for MAR-TIAL

MAR-TIAL, a. [Fr. from L. martialis; Sp. marcial; It. marziale; from L. Mars, the god of war.]

  1. Pertaining to war; suited to war; as, martial equipage; martial music; a martial appearance.
  2. Warlike; brave; given to war; as, a martial nation or people. 3, Suited to battle; as, a martial array.
  3. Belonging to war, or to an army and navy; opposed to civil; as, martial law; a court martial.
  4. Pertaining to Mars, or borrowing the properties of that planet. The natures of the fixed stars are esteemed martial or jovial, according to the colors by which they answer to those planets. [Obs.] Brown.
  5. Having the properties of iron, called by the old chimists, Mars.

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