mil·​i·​tan·​cy | \ ˈmi-lə-tən(t)-sē How to pronounce militancy (audio) \

Definition of militancy

: the quality or state of being militant

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the militancy of the radical organization made the authorities a little nervous

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The monasteries, located in remote desert areas, have had faint experience with the rise in Islamic militancy following the 2013 military ouster of former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi after mass protests against his rule. Menna Zaki, Fox News, "Egypt Coptic Church stops accepting monks after bishop death," 3 Aug. 2018 During the fighting, Myanmar’s military worked with Rakhine Buddhist mobs to attack Rohingya villages, as many Rakhine Buddhists perceived Rohingya militancy as a threat. Jon Emont, WSJ, "Buddhist Violence Portends New Threat to Myanmar," 4 Jan. 2019 India, however, has directly accused Pakistani military intelligence of long supporting militancy in Kashmir and the attack by Lashkar-e-Taiba militants that killed more than 160 people in Mumbai in 2008. New York Times, "Pakistani Ex-Spy Chief Faces Inquiry Over Book With Indian Counterpart," 29 May 2018 McCain was a frequent visitor to Israel who backed it in the Senate and strongly opposed the nuclear ambitions and militancy of its archrival Iran. Fox News, "The Latest: Services and other events set for McCain," 27 Aug. 2018 Nearly all the mass shootings in recent years have been couched in reactionary politics of one stripe another, either Islamist militancy or homegrown American white supremacy. Jason Christian, The New Republic, "Confessions of a Former Left-Wing Gun Nut," 29 Mar. 2018 All three attackers were from Erbil, a local official said, highlighting the threat of homegrown militancy in a region the U.S. counts among its closest allies in Iraq and the Middle East. Isabel Coles And, WSJ, "Gunmen Attack Government Building in Northern Iraq," 23 July 2018 Labor militancy never slackened, but only positive intervention from the American state permanently changed the balance of power. David Sessions, The New Republic, "The Meaning of American Factories," 2 Apr. 2018 As a raft of Western scholars have documented, the Pakistani army did help create modern Islamist militancy among the Pashtuns. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Pakistan’s Pashtuns Take On the Army—and Terrorists," 14 June 2018

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1648, in the meaning defined above

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