- Of, pertaining to, or suited for, war; military; as, martial music; a martial appearance. " Martialequipage." [Milton.]
- Practiced in, or inclined to, war; warlike; brave."But peaceful kings, o'er martial people set, Each other's poise and counterbalance are." [Dryden.]
- Belonging to war, or to an army and navy; -- opposed to civil; as, martial law; a court -martial.
- Pertaining to, or resembling, the god, or the planet, Mars.
- [Old Chem. & Old Med] Pertaining to, or containing, iron; chalybeate; as, martial preparations.(Archaic)synonyms: Martial Warlike.
Usage: Martial refers more to war in action, its array, its attendants, etc.; as, martial music, a martial appearance, a martial array, courts -martial, etc. Warlike describes the feeling or temper which leads to war, and the adjuncts of war; as, a warlike nation, warlike indication, etc. The two words are often used without discrimination.
Etymology: F., fr. L. martialis of or belonging to Mars, the god of war. Cf. March the month