militancy

noun

mil·​i·​tan·​cy ˈmi-lə-tən(t)-sē How to pronounce militancy (audio)
: the quality or state of being militant

Examples of militancy in a Sentence

the militancy of the radical organization gave the authorities cause for concern
Recent Examples on the Web During his tenure, Pakistan witnessed a notable surge in Islamist militancy and the fortification of positions held by religious radicals. Kyra Colah, Fox News, 8 Feb. 2024 In the occupied West Bank, Israeli settlers have stepped up attacks on rural Palestinian communities, accelerating Arab displacement as the war and large-scale arrests fan a new generation of Palestinian militancy in the cities. Salwan Georges, Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2024 The rising militancy of the ELF produced consternation in U.S. law enforcement circles, and enough financial trouble to turn the heads of a few corporate leaders. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's Magazine, 1 Nov. 2023 Story continues below advertisement In the occupied West Bank, Israeli settlers have accelerated attacks on Palestinian communities since Oct. 7, as the war and large-scale arrests fan a new generation of Palestinian militancy. Salwan Georges, Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2024 Is this sometimes tongue-and-cheek or knee-jerk militancy a disguise for the pursuit of the American dream, which is exported worldwide by way of Black music? Harmony Holiday, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2023 At the same time, the last several years have seen an upsurge in labor militancy that few would have predicted in 1996. Raina Lipsitz, The New Republic, 20 Oct. 2023 Yet in coups in Guinea and Gabon in 2021 and 2023, respectively, Islamist militancy was not a factor. Comfort Ero, Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2023 The feeble Palestinian Authority, which has long worked hand-in-glove with Israeli security agencies, has struggled to tamp down rising anger and militancy among Palestinians in the West Bank. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of militancy was in 1648

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“Militancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/militancy. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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militancy

noun
mil·​i·​tan·​cy ˈmil-ə-tən-sē How to pronounce militancy (audio)
: the quality or state of being militant

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