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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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 During Gallagher's trial, it was revealed that nearly all his platoon members readily posed for photos with the dead militant and watched as Gallagher read his reenlistment oath near the body in an impromptu ceremony. Author: Julie Watson, Anchorage Daily News, "Navy SEAL trial exposes divide in normally secretive force," 30 June 2019 During Gallagher’s trial, it was revealed that nearly all his platoon members posed for photos with the dead militant and watched Gallagher read his reenlistment oath near the body in an impromptu ceremony. Julie Watson, BostonGlobe.com, "Navy SEAL trial exposes divide in normally secretive force," 30 June 2019 Protests followed over several more days and led to new, more extensive and militant LGBTQ activist groups than the U.S. had seen before. CBS News, "Stonewall Inn's march from illicit dive to national monument," 27 June 2019 The fervent or militant resistors are very loud on social media and other forums. Alex Whiting, Quartz, "How France is convincing its citizens to get vaccinated," 26 June 2019 Bozell rejected the option of revolution on moral grounds, and the likelihood of a successful militant Catholic revolution in the U.S. is slim on practical grounds. Declan Leary, National Review, "Catholics vs. Libertarians in the 1960s," 11 June 2019 More recently, militant Buddhists engaged in anti-Muslim riots in 2014 and 2018. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "Sri Lanka’s latest violence underscores the need for national healing," 22 Apr. 2019

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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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