mil·​i·​tan·​cy | \-tən(t)-sē \

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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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 The attack is seen by many as a turning point in Pakistan's war against militancy. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Pakistan claims US drone strike kills Pakistan Taliban leader," 15 June 2018 Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman leader of the tiny republic in Russia’s North Caucasus, uses Islam to further his own interests, from rebuilding mosques in Syria to aggressively stamping out Islamist militancy at home. Washington Post, "Forgiven by her native Chechnya, a woman is returned from Islamic State," 2 July 2018 The involvement of the Iranian government would mark an escalation of Tehran’s militancy outside the Middle East, amid deteriorating relations with the West following the U.S. move to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear accord. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Four Arrested in Alleged Plot to Bomb Anti-Iran Gathering," 2 July 2018 Labor militancy forced employers to reduce their workdays and give them Saturdays off. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Clocking Out," 11 July 2018 The move follows a push by the U.S. and European allies in February to get Pakistan to do more to combat militancy and close financing loopholes to terrorist groups. Kamran Haider,, "Pakistan Added to Global Terrorism-Financing Monitoring List," 28 June 2018

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1648, in the meaning defined above

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