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

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 But, in his case, Alec is taken prisoner by a militant group, the Renegade Lords. Myrna Petlicki, Chicago Tribune, 23 Sep. 2022 During the Galactic Civil War, Saw led a militant rebellion group, the Partisans, to fight against the Empire. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 20 Sep. 2022 An Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed after the Hamas militant group took over Gaza in 2007 has ravaged the economy, leaving few resources for the protection of antiquities. Fares Akram, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Sep. 2022 An Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed after the Hamas militant group took over Gaza in 2007 has ravaged the economy, leaving few resources for the protection of antiquities. Fares Akram, USA TODAY, 17 Sep. 2022 From the Taliban, who came to investigate whether the family did indeed have links to the militant group Islamic State. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2022 In the early 1980s, deep divisions still remained among Pine Ridge citizens about militant activists like the American Indian Movement, whose 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, S.D., left two protesters dead and a U.S. marshal paralyzed. New York Times, 28 July 2022 Erdogan has accused the two countries of harboring members of the separatist militant Kurdistan's Workers Party, also known as PKK, which seeks an independent Kurdish state and been in an armed struggle with Turkey for decades. Hadas Gold, CNN, 27 July 2022 Her targets included members of Students for a Democratic Society and other radical New Left thinkers, feminists and gay rights protesters, and militant activists of all stripes during and after the Vietnam era. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of militant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Militant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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