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
Recent Examples on the Web The other is one of the world's strictest Islamist militant groups. Ben Westcott, CNN, 14 July 2021 McKenzie acknowledged that the withdrawal will leave American forces less able to observe activity by Al Qaeda, Islamic State or other militant groups. Tracy Wilkinson Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2021 Uyghur militant groups affiliated with al Qaeda, this advance would have caused alarm to Beijing in the past. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 8 July 2021 Former intelligence officials and experts noted that the CIA and other agencies already have to work without a military presence in other countries where militant groups threaten Americans., 4 July 2021 It has long been used to launch strike aircraft against the Taliban and other militant groups, and was once the headquarters for U.S. Special Operations troops in the war. Washington Post, 2 July 2021 Most have been carried out by Palestinians with no apparent links to organized militant groups. Joseph Krauss, Anchorage Daily News, 18 June 2021 Most have been carried out by Palestinians with no apparent links to organized militant groups. Joseph Krauss,, 17 June 2021 Most have been carried out by Palestinians with no apparent links to organized militant groups. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, 17 June 2021

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First Known Use of militant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Militant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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