militant

[mil-i-tuhnt]
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:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin mīlitant- (stem of mīlitāns), present participle of mīlitāre to serve as a soldier. See militate, -ant

militancy, militantness, noun
militantly, adverb
hypermilitant, adjective
hypermilitantly, adverb
nonmilitancy, noun
nonmilitant, adjective, noun
nonmilitantly, adverb
supermilitant, adjective
ultramilitant, adjective
unmilitant, adjective
unmilitantly, adverb


1. belligerent, combative, contentious. See fanatic.
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militant (ˈmɪlɪtənt)
 
adj
1.  aggressive or vigorous, esp in the support of a cause: a militant protest
2.  warring; engaged in warfare
 
n
3.  a militant person
 
[C15: from Latin mīlitāre to be a soldier, from mīles soldier]
 
'militancy
 
n
 
'militantness
 
n
 
'militantly
 
adv

Militant (ˈmɪlɪtənt)
 
n
1.  short for Militant Tendency
2.  a member of Militant Tendency

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militant
1413, from M.Fr. militant "fighting," from L. militantem (nom. militans), prp. of militare "serve as a soldier" (see militate), originally especially in Church militant. The noun, in the sense of "one engaged in war or strife," is first attested 1610, from the adj.; in
political sense, it is first attested 1907.
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Example sentences
Militancy, civil disobedience, and outright anti-capitalism are unlikely to
  appeal to mainstream voters.
Militancy takes a completely different form in poetry than it does in other
  domains.
He did so with a militancy his successors lack and which seemed to both defy
  and negate the concessions such a solution entailed.
The unions' earlier militancy is the main reason for their relative docility
  today.
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