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2 having or showing a bold forcefulness in the pursuit of a goal
  • militant protestors refusing to disperse

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Synonyms & Antonyms of militant (Entry 2 of 2)

one who is intensely or excessively devoted to a cause
  • militants within the movement insisted that there could be no compromise on the issue

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How does the adjective militant contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of militant are aggressive, assertive, and self-assertive. While all these words mean "obtrusively energetic especially in pursuing particular goals," 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

When would aggressive be a good substitute for militant?

The synonyms aggressive and militant are sometimes interchangeable, but 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

In what contexts can assertive take the place of militant?

In some situations, the words assertive and militant are roughly equivalent. However, assertive suggests bold self-confidence in expression of opinion.

the more assertive speakers dominated the forum

When is it sensible to use self-assertive instead of militant?

The words self-assertive and militant can be used in similar contexts, but self-assertive connotes forwardness or brash self-confidence.

a self-assertive young upstart

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The first known use of militant was in the 15th century

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“Militant.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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