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martial law

noun as in law imposed by the military

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Before the two weeks of martial law had ended, a grand jury indicted 14 men in connection with the destruction — but not for the lynching of Hughes.

Alleging threats of communist subversion and “insurgency,” Marcos instituted national martial law in 1972 that would last 14 years.

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There was little doubt that we came within a couple minutes of martial law.

From Time

While the English translation is new, The Membranes was first published in 1995, just a few years after a decades-long period of martial law in Taiwan was lifted.

Under pressure from Moscow, the Polish government imposed martial law and cracked down on Solidarity.

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Nothing is particularly clear because Thailand is in the middle of political upheaval and governed by martial law.

Martial law descends on the city while the KGB knocks on doors of known dissidents.

After months of political crisis, the generals declare martial law.

While some polling shows a majority of ordinary Thais approve of martial law, the political class is roiled with suspicion.

In Cambridge, Maryland, martial law was declared after demonstrations devolved into violence.

He was considered a harsh Governor because his martial law administration was characterized by severe punishment for wrongdoing.

It was found necessary on the 20th of December to proclaim martial law, and the militia of the different parishes was called out.

It was further thought advisable that proclaimed districts should, to a certain extent, be subjected to martial law.

Governor Tod of Ohio had already called out the militia and proclaimed martial law.

They must give way in every instance before the irresistible barrier of martial law.


On this page you'll find 9 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to martial law, such as: army rule, imperium in imperio, iron rule, military government, rule of the sword, and stratocracy.

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