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martial

mar·tial

martial

 
 
pronunciation:
mar shl
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Homophone Note, Word History
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of, pertaining to, suggestive of, or inclined to war or combat.
The training gives the soldiers considerable martial prowess.Karate is one of the martial arts.Despite their martial success, the invaders were unable to completely subdue the conquered people.The country was rearming itself and becoming a martial nation again.
synonyms:
bellicose, belligerent, militant, military, warlike
antonyms:
peaceable
similar words:
aggressive, combative, contentious, enemy, hostile, inimical, offensive, pugnacious, truculent
definition 2: of, concerning, or indicating a warrior or the military profession.
The camp is a center for martial training.He carried himself with a martial attitude.
synonyms:
military
similar words:
soldierly
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derivations: martially (adv.), martialism (n.), martialist (n.)
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word martial (concerning war)? Martial and marshal sound alike but have different meanings.
Word History
Martial comes from Mars, the Roman God of war.