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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 Haqqani network is a militant group that has been historically tied to the Taliban. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Hundreds of inmates still on the run after deadly ISIS bombing and jailbreak in Afghanistan," 3 Aug. 2020 Both Pakistan and Afghanistan accuse the other of harboring its enemies, saying militant groups stage attacks in one country, then cross the porous border and seek sanctuary on the other side. Abdul Sattar And Tameem Akhgar, Star Tribune, "Afghan officials say Pakistani rockets kill 9, wound 50," 31 July 2020 Even so, the leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which is closely aligned with Iran, said Sunday that Iran’s missile attacks on two bases in Iraq housing U.S. forces last week were only the start of the retaliation. Robert Burns, The Denver Post, "Mark Esper says he’s seen no hard evidence U.S. embassies under threat," 12 Jan. 2020 The militant group has been demanding independence for Baluchistan province, which is rich in gas. Faseeh Mangi, Fortune, "A foiled attack on Pakistan’s stock exchange leaves four gunmen dead," 29 June 2020 The likes of the militant Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), signed historical agreements in 2018 to lay down arms and pursue their struggle via political means. Zecharias Zelalem, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia’s decision to delay its election for Covid will have consequences for its democratic goals," 18 June 2020 The platform also booted others, including Misanthropic Division, the militant wing of the Azov Battalion, and RapeKrieg, a vile Satanist neo-Nazi group. Rita Katz, Wired, "Neo-Nazis Are Running Out of Places to Hide Online," 9 July 2020 José Mujica—spent their younger years in militant guerrilla resistance groups. Andrew Altschul, The New York Review of Books, "Fiction and Responsibility," 6 July 2020 Since 2008, the Islamist militant group al Shabaab has been fighting to overthrow the central government and establish its rule based on its own harsh interpretation of Islam's sharia law. NBC News, "Suicide car bomber blasts checkpoint at port in Somalia's capital Mogadishu," 4 July 2020

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First Known Use of militant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Aug 2020

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“Militant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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