militant

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adjective mil·i·tant \-tənt\

Definition of militant

  1. 1 :  engaged in warfare or combat :  fighting

  2. 2 :  aggressively active (as in a cause) :  combative militant conservationists a militant attitude

militant

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militantly

adverb

militantness

noun

Examples of militant in a sentence

  1. an angry and militant speech

  2. political radicals with a militant unwillingness to compromise on any issue

15th Century

First Known Use of militant

15th century

Synonym Discussion of militant

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.

MILITANT Defined for English Language Learners

militant

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adjective mil·i·tant \-tənt\

Definition of militant for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing a desire or willingness to use strong, extreme, and sometimes forceful methods to achieve something



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