militant

adjective
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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Today’s militant secularists ironically resemble the worst caricatures of religious intolerance of early America. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "The Shaming of Karen Pence," 21 Jan. 2019 There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack bore the hallmarks of the local Islamic State affiliate which spearheads a militant insurgency in northern Sinai. Ashraf Sweilam, The Seattle Times, "Roadside bomb hits police convoy in Egypt’s Sinai, kills 1," 14 Jan. 2019 Picking up after the events of Persepolis Rising, the militant colony Laconia has retaken the solar system and established the first human interstellar empire. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 Restrictive dieting and militant exercise never allowed me to be curious about food and movement. SELF, "How Intuitive Eating Helped Me Stop Counting Calories and Following Impossible Food Rules," 24 Aug. 2018 Harper's Ferry, Va., was the site of an 1859 raid on a federal armory led by militant abolitionist John Brown. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Iowa Rep. Steve King says America is heading toward another civil war," 25 June 2018 Mr Sánchez can try to lower the tension, for example by appointing a less militant attorney-general. The Economist, "Spain’s new prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, assembles a reassuring team," 7 June 2018 Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has won re-election with an overwhelming majority, in a runoff vote marred by militant violence and accusations of fraud by the opposition. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "Mali’s President Wins Re-Election in Vote Marred by Violence," 16 Aug. 2018 To do this, the game hangs everything on the militant violence of its cult. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "All Games Are Illusions, But Far Cry 5 Is Nothing More," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of militant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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militant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of militant

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

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