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militant

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adjective mil·i·tant \-tənt\

Simple Definition of militant

  • : having or showing a desire or willingness to use strong, extreme, and sometimes forceful methods to achieve something

Full Definition of militant

  1. 1 :  engaged in warfare or combat :  fighting

  2. 2 :  aggressively active (as in a cause) :  combative <militant conservationists> <a militant attitude>

militant noun
mil·i·tant·ly adverb
mil·i·tant·ness noun

Examples of militant

  1. an angry and militant speech

  2. <political radicals with a militant unwillingness to compromise on any issue>



15th Century

First Known Use of militant

15th century

Synonym Discussion of militant

aggressive, militant, assertive, self-assertive mean obtrusively energetic especially in pursuing particular goals. aggressive implies a disposition to dominate often in disregard of others' rights or in determined and energetic pursuit of one's ends <aggressive in his business dealings>. militant also implies a fighting disposition but suggests not self-seeking but devotion to a cause, movement, or principle <militant protesters rallied against the new law>. assertive suggests bold self-confidence in expression of opinion <the more assertive speakers dominated the forum>. self-assertive connotes forwardness or brash self-confidence <a self-assertive young upstart>.


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