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militant

[mil-i-tuh nt] /ˈmɪl ɪ tənt/
adjective
1.
vigorously active and aggressive, especially in support of a cause:
militant reformers.
2.
engaged in warfare; fighting.
noun
3.
a militant person.
4.
a person engaged in warfare or combat.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin mīlitant- (stem of mīlitāns), present participle of mīlitāre to serve as a soldier. See militate, -ant
Related forms
militancy, militantness, noun
militantly, adverb
hypermilitant, adjective
hypermilitantly, adverb
nonmilitancy, noun
nonmilitant, adjective, noun
nonmilitantly, adverb
supermilitant, adjective
ultramilitant, adjective
unmilitant, adjective
unmilitantly, adverb
Synonyms
1. belligerent, combative, contentious. See fanatic.
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Examples from the web for militants
  • Surviving militants are forced to operate far more cautiously, which diverts their energy from planning new attacks.
  • By drawing attention to them the militants become accessories to the blasphemies they ostensibly seek to repress.
  • Federal soldiers deployed to rein in the group were filmed summarily executing suspected militants in the streets.
  • Several militants groups have laid down their arms or integrated into the national army.
  • It's the latest in a decade-and-a-half-long list of militants getting tools of their trade through commercial websites.
  • People began to weep in the dark, convinced the militants would try to burn down the building.
  • Although outsourcing has its limits, as when an occasional mystery airstrike slams a convoy of militants.
  • Officials said police were chasing three other militants who fled in a car.
  • Some army sources say it would accept a truth commission but only if this also investigates crimes by left-wing militants.
British Dictionary definitions for militants

militant

/ˈmɪlɪtənt/
adjective
1.
aggressive or vigorous, esp in the support of a cause: a militant protest
2.
warring; engaged in warfare
noun
3.
a militant person
Derived Forms
militancy, (rare) militantness, noun
militantly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin mīlitāre to be a soldier, from mīles soldier

Militant

/ˈmɪlɪtənt/
noun
1.
short for Militant Tendency
2.
a member of Militant Tendency
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Word Origin and History for militants

militant

adj.

early 15c., "fighting, engaged in warfare," from Middle French militant "fighting," from Latin militantem (nominative militans), present participle of militare "serve as a soldier" (see militate), originally especially in Church militant. Related: Militantly.

n.

"one engaged in war or strife," c.1600, from militant (adj.); in a political sense, it is attested by 1907.

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