mi·​li·​tia·​man | \ mə-ˈli-shə-mən How to pronounce militiaman (audio) \

Definition of militiaman

: a member of a militia

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Boasting some 200,000 troops and 1.7 million militiamen, Venezuela’s armed forces command not just the nation’s firepower but many key sectors of the economy as well, making their backing critical. Fabiola Sanchez, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: Venezuela opposition’s fight to win over troops," 20 Feb. 2019 Uganda insists the attack targeted armed militiamen and that the matter is before the criminal justice system. Rodney Muhumuza, The Seattle Times, "Uganda faces pressure to probe 2016 massacre by military," 27 Nov. 2018 Several local Republicans traveled to the Bundy ranch to show their support for the militiamen and anti-government patriots. Max Strasser, Newsweek, "For Militiamen, the Fight for Cliven Bundy's Ranch Is Far From Over," 23 Apr. 2014 The governor of Lower Juba region, Abdirashid Abdullahi Ali—widely known by his nickname, Gov. Gooni—followed with his own detachment of state militiamen from the Jubaland Security Forces. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "America’s Other Endless War: Battling al-Shabaab in Somalia," 17 Jan. 2019 The militiamen held their ground briefly, fired their weapons, and then—as Morgan had commanded—left their posts and got out of harm’s way. Alan Pell Crawford, WSJ, "‘Daniel Morgan: A Revolutionary Life’ Review: A Brawling Upstart and His Victory," 14 Dec. 2018 Gerry Besana said one other government militiaman was wounded in the blast after dawn that shattered a part of the barricades surrounding an army militia outpost in the village of Colonia on the island province of Basilan. Fox News, "Powerful bomb in van kills at least 10 in south Philippines," 31 July 2018 But Russia launched an air campaign in support of Assad in 2015, and Iran has sent thousands of military advisers and allied militiamen to aid his forces. Philip Issa, Fox News, "AP Explains: The looming, final battle for Syria's rebels," 31 Aug. 2018 Iran has been an essential backer of Syria's government in the civil war now in its seventh year, providing advisers, military supplies, training and thousands of militiamen to fight alongside the Syrian army. Fox News, "Iran says it signed deal to rebuild Syria's military," 27 Aug. 2018

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1668, in the meaning defined above

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