militance

noun

mil·​i·​tance ˈmi-lə-tən(t)s How to pronounce militance (audio)

Examples of militance in a Sentence

the level of militance varied significantly among the activist groups
Recent Examples on the Web This is compounded by the economic impacts of the Trump trade pressures, the global backlash of the Hong Kong National Security Law, the declining fortunes of national technology champion Huawei, and other reactions to growing China militance and chauvinism. Therese Shaheen, National Review, 1 Sep. 2020 The flamboyance, militance, and violence of the 1960s left might not have worked right away, after all. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 6 Jan. 2022 The human relationship to fire on this specific piece of land was not always one of fear, anxiety, and militance. Manjula Martin, The New Yorker, 30 Sep. 2021 As spring turned to summer and the pandemic seemed to be at its end, the Haredim reunited, bonded at first by impatience with public-health guidelines and then by a growing militance about the central government’s response. New York Times, 25 Feb. 2021 Nearly every artist had a go at exalting Zapata for his deep rootedness in native soil as well as for his dashing militance. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 24 Feb. 2020 That militance was frowned upon by Isaacson and others who favored a civilized political approach. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Dec. 2019 Love shows up, even in power struggles where Queen’s militance clashes with Slim’s attempts at being level headed. Jasmine Grant, Essence, 3 Dec. 2019 The Great Depression and America’s 1941 entry into WWII posed some complicated challenges to this legacy, as labor militance took a back seat at times of national emergency. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, 27 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of militance was in 1941

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“Militance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/militance. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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