Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was an outcast who felt rejected even by militia men themselves.
Assad also is a key ally of Hizbullah, the Lebanon-based militia group.
He was a wannabe, an outcast who felt rejected even by the militia men themselves.
1580s, "system of military discipline," from Latin militia "military service, warfare," from miles "soldier" (see military). Sense of "citizen army" (as distinct from professional soldiers) is first recorded 1690s, perhaps from a sense in French cognate milice. In U.S. history, "the whole body of men declared by law amenable to military service, without enlistment, whether armed and drilled or not" (1777).