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 for martial
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Martial \Mar"tial\, a. [F., fr. L. martialis of or belonging to
     Mars, the god of war. Cf. March the month.]
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     1. Of, pertaining to, or suited for, war; military; as,
        martial music; a martial appearance. "Martial equipage."
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     2. Practiced in, or inclined to, war; warlike; brave.
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              But peaceful kings, o'er martial people set,
              Each other's poise and counterbalance are. --Dryden.
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     3. Belonging to war, or to an army and navy; -- opposed to
        civil; as, martial law; a court-martial.
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     4. Pertaining to, or resembling, the god, or the planet,
        Mars. --Sir T. Browne.
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     5. (Old Chem. & Old Med.) Pertaining to, or containing, iron;
        chalybeate; as, martial preparations. [Archaic]
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     Martial flowers (Med.), a reddish crystalline salt of iron;
        the ammonio-chloride of iron. [Obs.]
     Martial law, the law administered by the military power of
        a government when it has superseded the civil authority in
        time of war, or when the civil authorities are unable to
        enforce the laws. It is distinguished from military law,
        the latter being the code of rules for the regulation of
        the army and navy alone, either in peace or in war.
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     Syn: 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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: (of persons) befitting a warrior; "a military bearing"
             [syn: soldierly, soldierlike, warriorlike,
      2: suggesting war or military life [syn: warlike, martial]
      3: of or relating to the armed forces; "martial law"
      n 1: Roman poet noted for epigrams (first century BC)

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  55 Moby Thesaurus words for "martial":
     aggressive, antagonistic, battling, bellicose, belligerent,
     bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded, brave, chauvinist,
     chauvinistic, combative, contentious, courageous, enemy, ferocious,
     fierce, fighting, full of fight, hawkish, high-spirited, hostile,
     inimical, jingo, jingoish, jingoist, jingoistic, mettlesome,
     militant, militaristic, military, offensive, pugnacious,
     quarrelsome, saber-rattling, sanguinary, sanguineous, savage,
     scrappy, soldierlike, soldierly, spirited, stalwart, staunch,
     trigger-happy, truculent, unfriendly, unpacific, unpeaceable,
     unpeaceful, valiant, valorous, warlike, warmongering, warring

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