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

Definition of militiaman

: a member of a militia

Examples of militiaman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the attack on Ogossagou last March, suspected militiamen from a rival group killed more than 150 civilians, part of spiraling ethnic and Islamist violence in West Africa's vast Sahel region. Washington Post, "World Digest: Feb. 14, 2020," 14 Feb. 2020 The park is threatened by hundreds of militiamen who poach its animals, and by farmers who sneak in to plant crops. The Economist, "Sweet dreams are Congolese A chocolate factory in a conflict zone," 2 Apr. 2020 Hundreds of militiamen and their supporters stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday during two days of mass demonstrations, heightening tensions between the U.S. and Tehran. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Defense chief warns Iranian-backed militias in Iraq could be planning more attacks," 2 Jan. 2020 Five other militiamen were wounded and two are missing, according to Azer. Washington Post, "Taliban attack Afghan forces in country’s north, killing 14," 30 Dec. 2019 The Taliban, however, claimed the attack was actually a coordinated insurgent assault on the checkpoint where the shooting took place, killing over two dozen militiamen, according to Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid., "News of the Day From Around the World," 14 Dec. 2019 Militant groups have hit back hard, killing an average of more than a dozen soldiers and allied militiamen per day in recent weeks. Zeina Karam,, "Syrian activists say airstrikes killed 27 in rebel-held town," 22 July 2019 The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said residents and armed progovernment militiamen in Khirbet Ammu blocked the path of a US convoy. Andrew Wilks,, "US troops clash with progovernment group in northeast Syria," 12 Feb. 2020 Just a few hundred feet away, the shrine of Mohammed Baqr al-Hakim, a cleric assassinated in 2003, was a scene of tension on Saturday, with protesters facing off against Shiite militiamen protecting the site. Falih Hassan, New York Times, "Iraqi Prime Minister Resigns in Deepening Political Crisis," 30 Nov. 2019

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1668, in the meaning defined above

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“Militiaman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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