militant

adjective

mil·​i·​tant ˈmi-lə-tənt How to pronounce militant (audio)
1
: engaged in warfare or combat : fighting
2
: aggressively active (as in a cause) : combative
militant conservationists
a militant attitude
militant noun
militantly adverb
militantness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for militant

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

Example Sentences

an angry and militant speech political radicals with a militant unwillingness to compromise on any issue
Recent Examples on the Web Adi Fero, Tiran’s uncle told Kan that members of the Islamic Jihad, a militant group with a large presence in Jenin, had kidnapped the body. Shira Rubin, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Nov. 2022 Talks with the militant group holding the body inside the Jenin refugee camp are being mediated by top Palestinian Authority officials. Dov Lieber, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2022 The rocket attacks and Israeli airstrikes were the first cross-border violence since a cease-fire ended a blitz between Israel and the Islamic Jihad militant group there in August. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 4 Nov. 2022 The target, who was eventually arrested, was a member of the Islamic Jihad militant group, according to the military, which also said he had been released from prison in 2020 and had since been involved in shooting attacks against Israeli soldiers. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, 9 Oct. 2022 The target, who was eventually arrested, was a member of the Islamic Jihad militant group, according to the military, which also said he had been released from prison in 2020 and had since been involved in shooting attacks against Israeli soldiers. Isabel Kershner, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2022 Last week, Israel and the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad announced a truce after three days of fighting in the Gaza Strip killed more than 40 Palestinians, including children, local officials said. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 14 Aug. 2022 The shootout came a day after a cease-fire ended three days of fighting between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group in the Gaza Strip. Ilan Ben Zion, ajc, 9 Aug. 2022 Palestinian Islamist militant group Hamas released a video on Tuesday purporting to show an Israeli citizen being held captive in the Gaza Strip, the first such images of the man since his capture seven years ago. Reuters, NBC News, 29 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Militant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/militant. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

militant

adjective

mil·​i·​tant ˈmil-ə-tənt How to pronounce militant (audio)
1
: being at war
2
: aggressively active especially in a cause
militant protesters
militant noun
militantly adverb
militantness noun

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