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

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Far-right militancy is resurgent in Germany, horrifying a country that prides itself on dealing honestly with its murderous past. Katrin Bennhold,, "A political murder and far-right terrorism: Germany’s new hateful reality," 7 July 2019 But, the situation started to decline during Saddam’s era and became further complicated after 2003, mainly due to the rise of the country’s religious institutions but also militancy and extremism. Washington Post, "Tough road for Iraq’s female candidates in May 12 elections," 5 May 2018 What Dworkin brought to the scene was, depending on your view of her rhetoric, either a bolder militancy or a greater tendentiousness. Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books, "Fighting for Her Life," 17 June 2019 Still, many of today’s vegans don’t identify with some of that militancy. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pass the tofu: How eating vegan became a billion-dollar business," 29 Mar. 2019 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

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1648, in the meaning defined above

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