Martial

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin Martialis (Roman cognomen), from martiālis (belonging or dedicated to the Mars, the Roman god of war, or to war), from Mārs (the god Mars; the planet Mars) + -ālis (suffix forming adjectives of relationship from nouns).

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Martial

  1. A male given name narrowly applied to certain historic persons (but some of its foreign cognates are modern given names).
    Saint Martial was the first bishop of Limoges, circa 250
  2. An Anglicized cognomen or given name of the Roman poet Marcus Valerius Martialis, born in Spain in the first century AD and noted for his epigrams.

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Martial (not comparable)

  1. (astronomy, obsolete) Alternative letter-case form of martial (of or relating to the planet Mars)
    • 1869 February 6, “The Planet of War”, in E[neas] S[weetland] Dallas, editor, Once a Week, volume III, number 58 (New Series), London: Bradbury, Evans, and Co. [], OCLC 1696839, page 74, column 1:
      For, having found out by a careful series of observations, the parts of Mars' orbit where the planet entered upon its various seasons, he [William Herschel] noted that, soon after mid-winter of the northern hemisphere, the northern white spot attained its greatest dimensions, while the southern was reduced to a tiny oval of light; whereas half a Martial year later, the southern spot was at its largest, and the northern a mere speck when compared with its winter appearance.

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Martial (plural Martials)

  1. (chiefly science fiction, obsolete) Alternative letter-case form of martial (inhabitant of the planet Mars; Martian)

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Latin Martialis. Name of a third century saint.

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Martial m

  1. A male given name, in continuous use (though not particularly popular).