militant

adjective 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

militant

noun

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

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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

adjective

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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