The micromechanical damage mechanics formulated by Ashby and Sammis, 1990, “The Damage Mechanics of Brittle Solids in Compression,” Pure Appl. Geophys., **133 **(3), pp. 489–521, and generalized by Deshpande and Evans 2008, “Inelastic Deformation and Energy Dissipation in Ceramics: A Mechanism-Based Constitutive Model,” J. Mech. Phys. Solids, **56 **(10), pp. 3077–3100. has been extended to allow for a more generalized stress state and to incorporate an experimentally motivated new crack growth (damage evolution) law that is valid over a wide range of loading rates. This law is sensitive to both the crack tip stress field and its time derivative. Incorporating this feature produces additional strain-rate sensitivity in the constitutive response. The model is also experimentally verified by predicting the failure strength of Dionysus-Pentelicon marble over strain rates ranging from ∼10− 6 *to* 103 *s*− 1 . Model parameters determined from quasi-static experiments were used to predict the failure strength at higher loading rates. Agreement with experimental results was excellent.