mil·​i·​tant | \-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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Tehran is establishing a Hezbollah-like entity on the Arabian Peninsula: a militant group with political power that can hold Saudi population centers hostage, as Hezbollah’s missiles in southern Lebanon threaten Israel. Mike Pompeo, WSJ, "The U.S.-Saudi Partnership Is Vital," 27 Nov. 2018 The change will be most pronounced in West Africa, where the U.S. has been assisting French forces and local militaries countering militant groups in places like Chad, Mali and Niger. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Pentagon to Scale Back Number of Forces in Africa," 15 Nov. 2018 Frangieh is a close friend of Syrian President Bashar Assad and is allied with the militant Hezbollah group while Geagea is with the Western and Saudi-backed coalition and is a harsh critic of both Assad and Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. Bassem Mroue, The Seattle Times, "Lebanese civil war rivals end decades of hostility," 14 Nov. 2018 Tensions started to grow on Sunday when Israel launched a secret commando raid into the Gaza Strip, territory controlled by the militant group Hamas. Alex Ward, Vox, "Israel and Gaza just saw their worst violence in years. It could get worse.," 14 Nov. 2018 Some Israelis accuse the agency of teaching hatred of Israel in its classrooms and tolerating or assisting Hamas, the militant Islamic group that rules Gaza. Fox News, "Money or not, world can't drop Palestinian refugees, says UN," 27 Sep. 2018 The militant leader forced Pashtuns from Karachi to resolve their business disputes through Taliban courts in Miram Shah, summoning civilians to make the long journey for hearings. New York Times, "Pakistan’s Taliban Names New Leader After U.S. Drone Strike," 24 June 2018 The most recent flare-up of wide-scale violence in the Indian section occurred in 2016, when a young militant leader was killed by Indian security forces, sparking protests across the Himalayan region. Swati Gupta, CNN, "UN calls for international inquiry into human rights violations in Kashmir," 14 June 2018 The militant leader's name is not included in the summary report, but has been published by The Washington Post and other media based on other reporting. Dan Lamothe And Missy Ryan,, "Military investigation of Niger disaster finds numerous failures in planning," 10 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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