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

Definition of militancy

: the quality or state of being militant

Examples of militancy in a Sentence

the militancy of the radical organization made the authorities a little nervous
Recent Examples on the Web Downscale, urban Jewish communities were endangered by black militancy, crime and anti-Semitism, Kahane asserted, while intermarriage and assimilation threatened the survival of the Jewish people. Elliot Kaufman, WSJ, 11 May 2022 The raids, carried out in Nablus, Jenin and other West Bank cities considered hotbeds of militancy, have been violent. Shira Rubin, Washington Post, 27 May 2022 Jewish energies have been invested largely in individual and family advancement, not group advancement via militancy and street politics. Elliot Kaufman, WSJ, 11 May 2022 Given your descriptions of Putin—his nationalism, his militancy—how should people be thinking about ways to end this conflict, or off-ramps for him? Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2022 The challenge to Khan’s power began to gain traction last year amid friction between his party and the military establishment and comes amid expanding militancy after the Taliban’s takeover of neighboring Afghanistan in August. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2022 Unusually, Sasha mixed the unionist/progressive leftism common to most folk-punk Woody Guthrie fetishists with a radical militancy. Franz Nicolay, SPIN, 8 Mar. 2022 The same holds in Uganda, which receives almost a billion dollars in American aid and is a key Western ally in the fight against regional militancy. New York Times, 24 Apr. 2022 For the District, the issue was a perfect illustration of the tension between moderation and militancy. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of militancy

1648, in the meaning defined above

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“Militancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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