When soldiers are killed, I mourn, but at least I understand the mechanism at hand: We kill their combatants, they kill ours.
But they were not combatants fighting for a particular political or religious goal.
In response, as though startled by this ghostly rebirth, the present combatants have begun to respond.
Why not chat over a plate of humus with members of Bereaved Families for Peace and combatants for Peace?
When war broke out, a troubling dynamic emerged as combatants willingly traded across enemy lines.
He waged a futile war with Sweden which cost blood and treasure, but brought no advantage to either of the combatants.
Six navvies, three to the man, jumped and grabbed the combatants.
Some of them conquered two combatants; a few of them vanquished three; but none but prince of Otamus conquered four.
A mad rush of anger sent him leaping in amongst the combatants.
Fire-arms were freely used by the police and by the combatants.
mid-15c. (adj.), late 15c. (n.), from Old French combatant (Modern French combattant) "skilled at fighting, warlike" (also used as a noun in Old French), present participle adjective of combattre (see combat (v.)).