mil·​i·​tant | \ ˈmi-lə-tənt \

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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That base, known as al-Tanf, is home to roughly 300 U.S. troops who have served as an unofficial obstacle to Iranian efforts to use southern Syria to ferry weapons from Iran to its allies in Lebanon, the militant Hezbollah group. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "U.S. Moves Some Cargo From Syria but Pace of Withdrawal Still Uncertain," 11 Jan. 2019 Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies that have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group seized control of Gaza in 2007 from the rival Palestinian Authority. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Palestinians offer new details of Israel’s botched Gaza raid," 12 Dec. 2018 More than 130 people, including a candidate from another party, were killed in two militant attacks elsewhere in Pakistan. Salman Masood, New York Times, "Nawaz Sharif Is Arrested on Return to Pakistan, Amid Turmoil and Bloodshed," 13 July 2018 Myanmar’s military has been accused of rape, arson, and arbitrary killing of Rohingya Muslims during a campaign launched last year after militant attacks on police posts. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "How Facebook’s Rise Fueled Chaos and Confusion in Myanmar," 6 July 2018 Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain was killed in the militant attack at the Holey Artisan restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on July 1, 2016. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Emory University honors student who died for friends in 2016 terror attack," 20 June 2018 While Egypt has been struggling with Islamic insurgency for decades, militant attacks increased after Morsi's ouster, giving Egyptian authorities more justification to tighten movement to and from Gaza., "Egypt's president announces Rafah crossing with Gaza open entire month of Ramadan," 18 May 2018 While Egypt has been struggling with Islamic insurgency for decades, militant attacks increased after Morsi's ouster, giving Egyptian authorities more justification to tighten movement to and from Gaza. The Christian Science Monitor, "In humanitarian gesture, Egypt keeps Rafah crossing open through Ramadan," 18 May 2018 Nkurunziza’s bid for another term three years ago -- which opponents said violated peace accords -- spurred initial protests that have to this day been followed by a crackdown and sporadic militant attacks. Samuel Gebre,, "Burundi Vote Likely to Extend Leader's Rule, Stoke Violence," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of militant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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