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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 for militant
  • We reject the bland relativism of the militant secularists.
  • Over the past two decades, this militant has been almost constantly in arms.
  • The ascent to power of a new elite of militant indigenous people has been a long time coming.
  • But militant stance from both camps is making matters worse.
  • Signs of militant activity are enough to bring in the drones.
  • When it comes to being militant on the mountain, our team has it covered.
  • Every week, militant groups of unemployed stage street protests.
  • His militant stance, thought-provoking lyrics, energetic stage presence and soulful baritone were immensely influential.
  • The right's reaction was less militant than might have been expected.
  • Two years ago, imprisoned militant leaders declared a ceasefire that has held until now.
British Dictionary definitions for militant

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 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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