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

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Since late April, the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have unleashed a ground and air offensive on Idlib province, the last significant haven in the country for various rebel and Islamist militant outfits. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Syrians are as trapped as ever as the world looks away," 15 July 2019 The militant Islam and its firebrands are tearing the place apart. Brian Bennett, Time, "Read the Transcript of TIME's Interview With Benjamin Netanyahu," 13 July 2019 The war cabinet eventually included the most militant unionists Bonar Law and Edward Carson. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Off The Shelf: The Wrong Dubliner?," 5 July 2019 Mr Santrich’s mysterious disappearance is the latest twist in his fraught transition from FARC militant to politician. The Economist, "The disappearance of Jesús Santrich threatens Colombia’s peace deal," 4 July 2019 Some employ radical or militant tactics to get their message across. Jessica Suerth And Leah Asmelash, CNN, "What you need to know about Antifa," 2 July 2019 Electricity is a contentious issue between Israel and Hamas with Gaza’s militant rulers accusing Israel of not fulfilling promises to increase power supplies. Fox News, "Gaza 'balloon bombs' spark 19 fires in southern Israel: report," 26 June 2019 The officials say the attack took place Monday in al-Rouda village, where a 2017 militant assault on a mosque killed more than 300 people. Washington Post, "Militants attack post office in Egypt’s Sinai," 1 July 2019 Pakistan and Afghanistan routinely exchange accusations of harboring the other’s militant enemies. Time, "A Powerful Bomb Blast Rocks Afghanistan's Capital Kabul, Wounding at Least 65," 1 July 2019

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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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