Definition of militia
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Exultant armies and militias now occupy the ground once held by the caliphate.
Mostly Christian anti-Balaka militias fought back, resulting in thousands of people killed and hundreds of thousands displaced.
For years there, vigilante militias have been fighting back against local warlords.
According to her public Facebook profile, Roman is affiliated with anti-government militia groups the Three Percenters and the Oath Keepers.
Local militias fighting the Islamic State had suffered heavy casualties after a tough battle, and U.S. special operations forces urgently needed to get blankets to their partners.
More than 1 million people, mostly women and children, fled their homes because of the continuing armed conflict between the Congolese military and militia groups.
Underlying the group's work is the premise that providing assistance to civilian populations or local militias can help counter the threat posed by Islamist extremists.
Amid militia clashes and numerous violent protests –
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Origin and Etymology of militia
Latin, military service, from milit-, miles
First Known Use: 1625See Words from the same year
MILITIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of militia for English Language Learners
: a group of people who are not part of the armed forces of a country but are trained like soldiers
MILITIA Defined for Kids
Definition of militia for Students
: a group of citizens with some military training who are called into service only in emergencies
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