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
Recent Examples on the Web Russia has courted the Taliban, which controls or contests about half of the territory in Afghanistan, saying the militant group can be a potential ally in the fight against Islamic State. Henry Meyer, Bloomberg.com, "Russia Seeks ‘Good Relations’ With Taliban as U.S. Troops Exit," 15 May 2020 Italian newspapers, citing a deposition Ms. Romano gave to prosecutors after her return, said that she had been abducted by a gang affiliated with the Shabab militant group. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "Italian Hostage’s Release Erupts Into Clashes Over Islam and Ransom," 14 May 2020 Italian newspapers, citing a deposition Romano gave to prosecutors after her return, said that she had been abducted by a gang affiliated with the Al Shabab militant group. Elisabetta Povoledo, BostonGlobe.com, "Italian hostage’s release erupts into clashes over Islam and ransom," 14 May 2020 No militant group has immediately commented and there was no independent confirmation of the hostage-taking. NBC News, "Firefight leaves seven dead in disputed Kashmir province, Indian security forces say," 3 May 2020 Pakistan has long been a dangerous country for journalists, who regularly face threats, intimidation, and attacks from a vast array of forces, ranging from the country’s powerful intelligence agencies to its militant groups. Salman Masood, BostonGlobe.com, "Exiled Pakistani journalist found dead in Sweden," 2 May 2020 Pakistan has long been a dangerous country for journalists, who regularly face threats, intimidation and attacks from a vast array of forces, ranging from the country’s powerful intelligence agencies to its militant groups. Salman Masood, New York Times, "Exiled Pakistani Journalist Found Dead in Sweden," 2 May 2020 Suicide attacks were a hallmark of the militant group, which at the height of its power in 2014 controlled nearly a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria. Washington Post, "World Digest: April 28, 2020," 28 Apr. 2020 For its part, the Palestinian Authority is required to disarm Hamas and other militant resistance groups, and renounce the right of return for its people. Kevin Baker, Harper's Magazine, "The Striking Gesture," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of militant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Militant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/militant. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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militant

adjective
How to pronounce militant (audio)

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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