militant

adjective
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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Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has won re-election with an overwhelming majority, in a runoff vote marred by militant violence and accusations of fraud by the opposition. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "Mali’s President Wins Re-Election in Vote Marred by Violence," 16 Aug. 2018 To do this, the game hangs everything on the militant violence of its cult. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "All Games Are Illusions, But Far Cry 5 Is Nothing More," 9 Apr. 2018 The decision by the charity highlighted the growing dangers for aid employees, who have increasingly become casualties of a surge in militant violence in recent years. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "ISIS claims deadly attack on Save the Children office in Afghanistan," 24 Jan. 2018 The Israeli military struck dozens of militant sites in Gaza overnight as rocket fire continued toward southern Israeli communities into early Wednesday morning. USA TODAY, "Gaza’s Hamas rulers say cease-fire reached with Israel," 30 May 2018 The Israeli military struck dozens of militant sites in Gaza overnight as rocket fire continued toward southern Israeli communities into early Wednesday morning, setting off air raid sirens in the area throughout the night. Fares Akram, The Christian Science Monitor, "Israel and Hamas agree to cease-fire," 30 May 2018 That base, known as al-Tanf, is home to roughly 300 U.S. troops who have served as an unofficial obstacle to Iranian efforts to use southern Syria to ferry weapons from Iran to its allies in Lebanon, the militant Hezbollah group. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "U.S. Moves Some Cargo From Syria but Pace of Withdrawal Still Uncertain," 11 Jan. 2019 Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies that have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group seized control of Gaza in 2007 from the rival Palestinian Authority. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Palestinians offer new details of Israel’s botched Gaza raid," 12 Dec. 2018 More than 130 people, including a candidate from another party, were killed in two militant attacks elsewhere in Pakistan. Salman Masood, New York Times, "Nawaz Sharif Is Arrested on Return to Pakistan, Amid Turmoil and Bloodshed," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of militant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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militant

adjective

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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