mil·​i·​tant | \ ˈmi-lə-tənt How to pronounce militant (audio) \

Definition of militant

1 : engaged in warfare or combat : fighting
2 : aggressively active (as in a cause) : combative militant conservationists a militant attitude

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Other Words from militant

militant noun
militantly adverb
militantness noun

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aggressive, militant, assertive, self-assertive mean obtrusively energetic especially in pursuing particular goals. aggressive implies a disposition to dominate often in disregard of others' rights or in determined and energetic pursuit of one's ends. aggressive in his business dealings militant also implies a fighting disposition but suggests not self-seeking but devotion to a cause, movement, or principle. militant protesters rallied against the new law assertive suggests bold self-confidence in expression of opinion. the more assertive speakers dominated the forum self-assertive connotes forwardness or brash self-confidence. a self-assertive young upstart

Examples of militant in a Sentence

an angry and militant speech political radicals with a militant unwillingness to compromise on any issue

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Kashmir is home to a long-running insurgency against Indian rule waged by militant groups seeking independence or merger with Pakistan. Joanna Slater,, "India detains local politicians in Kashmir, deepens crackdown," 12 Aug. 2019 Islamic Jihad and the militant group Hamas threatened increased violence on Sunday after a day of riots at a major Jerusalem holy site left at least four Israeli police officers and several Muslim and Jewish people injured, according to reports. Fox News, "Riots outside Jerusalem holy site injure several people including police, reports say," 12 Aug. 2019 One faction, led by Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, said it was pressured by the militant group Hezbollah and its allies. Washington Post, "Lebanon Cabinet to meet following deadlock over violence," 10 Aug. 2019 Poor relations between Egypt and Hamas, the militant Islamist group that controls Gaza, meant that it was largely sealed for years. The Economist, "Young Palestinians are leaving Gaza in droves," 1 Aug. 2019 The State Department announced on Tuesday that the American representative to peace talks with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad, had returned to the region to prepare for the next round of talks with the militant group. David Zucchino, New York Times, "Trump Says He Could Destroy Afghanistan. Some Afghans Call It ‘Madness.’," 23 July 2019 The State Department announced Tuesday that the US representative to peace talks with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad, had returned to the region to prepare for the next round of talks with the militant group. David Zucchino,, "Afghanistan recoils at Trump’s comments about destroying the country," 23 July 2019 Jake Hanrahan | Journalist: Atomwaffen is essentially a extreme, extreme, far-right militant neo-Nazi group in America. CBS News, "Blaze Bernstein murder: Was an Ivy League student slain in the name of hate?," 20 July 2019 In June, Khan promised to get tough with militant groups. Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica, "Trump Cheers as Pakistan Rounds Up the Usual Suspect in Mumbai Case," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of militant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: having or showing a desire or willingness to use strong, extreme, and sometimes forceful methods to achieve something

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