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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Martial Originally Marcus Valerius Martialis. fl. first century B.C. Roman poet known for his books of epigrams.

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  • proper n. A male given name narrowly applied to certain historic persons (but some of its foreign cognates are modern given names).
  • proper n. 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.

Etymologies

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Latin Martialis, a Roman cognomen, from martialis "belonging/dedicated to Mars (or to war)", itself from the name of the Roman god of war Mars + -ialis.

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