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Definition the system of rules that takes effect  when a military authority takes control of the normal administration of justice
  • The authorities of the city and state deliberately inflamed the public mind to the point where they could not keep the peace without martial law.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • How could he not have known that staying in New Orleans, a city under something like martial law, would endanger him?
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • It reminded me of some crankheads we busted in the twenties when martial law was declared.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • But for us here acting not as casuists or moralists, it is a case practical, and under martial law practically to be dealt with.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Pakistan now operated under martial law.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • My own guess is that it's this business with the pope, even more than the martial law thing.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Unable to control the protesters any longer, Diem's soldiers place the entire city of Hue under martial law.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • It was incidents of this sort that compelled the authorities to declare martial law and enforce the regulations deriving from it.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Someone tried to assassinate Korea's president and he declared martial law.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • Georgia was virtually under martial law now.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I anticipate we will have to call for martial law to protect against any insurgence or riots at week's end.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • Being in the service of the crown, your honor, he is amenable to martial law.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Martial law has been declared, and everyone is going to get one less butter coupon.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Martial law was in effect in the whole country.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The Keats police have been absorbed under the martial law I declared fourteen months ago.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • In March 1960, the government declared a state of emergency and instituted martial law.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Go in with tommyguns, kill a few men, put the rioters down, place Watts under martial law.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Police in L.A. have practically instituted martial law in the inner city.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Martial law, sit-ins at the UN, parades, rooftop parties, endless Internet chatter, and 24/7 coverage of the Arrival over every medium.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Though he usually dressed in uniform, he occasionally wore Western suits and he called himself chief executive instead of chief martial law administrator.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala

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