MATERIAL

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MATERIAL and MORAL ; two terms used in military language, and derived from the French. The former means every thing belonging to an army except the men and horses ; the latter means the spirit of the soldiery, as to cheerfulness, courage, and devotion to their cause. Thus *t is said: Though the material of the army was in a wretched condition, yet in respect to its moral, it was superior to the enemy.