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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Examples of militancy in a Sentence

the militancy of the radical organization made the authorities a little nervous
Recent Examples on the Web Uncertainty has seized Chad since the death of Mr. Déby, casting doubt on the stability of a nation viewed by the United States and France as a linchpin of their efforts to counter Islamist militancy spreading across western and central Africa. New York Times, "Where Did Chad Rebels Prepare for Their Own War? In Libya.," 22 Apr. 2021 In the context of rising tenant militancy and permanent crisis, that history deserves retelling. Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, The New Republic, "The Enduring Fiction of Affordable Housing," 2 Apr. 2021 According to a 2019 report by India's Ministry of Home Affairs, 90 districts across 11 states are affected by some form of Naxal or Maoist militancy. Rishabh M Pratap And Swati Gupta, CNN, "At least 22 Indian security personnel killed in clash with Maoist insurgents," 5 Apr. 2021 The militancy, which sometimes refers to itself as al-Shabaab, has adopted brutal tactics that are similar to those employed by the Islamic State, including mass beheadings. Washington Post, "As militants overrun Mozambique oil town, fears rise of ‘humanitarian catastrophe’," 31 Mar. 2021 Employment at a unionized hotel in New York City has long provided entry into the middle class, owing to the might and the militancy of the Hotel Trades Council, which was founded more than eighty years ago. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "Behind the Scenes at a Five-Star Hotel," 15 Mar. 2021 As his relentless focus on Islamist militancy intensified, his views veered hard to the right. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "Pushing QAnon and Stolen Election Lies, Flynn Re-emerges," 6 Feb. 2021 The abduction was the fourth mass school kidnapping since December in Nigeria’s northwest, where a surge in armed militancy has led to a worsening breakdown of security and where kidnap for ransom has become a lucrative industry. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Nigeria Gunmen Abduct Students in Latest Mass Kidnapping," 12 Mar. 2021 But where that militancy builds, the forces of capital are there to meet it. Luis Feliz Leon, The New Republic, "The Essential Worker Strike Wave," 22 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of militancy

1648, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of militancy was in 1648

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4 May 2021

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“Militancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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