para militarist

paramilitary

[par-uh-mil-i-ter-ee]
adjective
1.
noting or pertaining to an organization operating as, in place of, or as a supplement to a regular military force: a paramilitary police unit.
noun, plural paramilitaries.
2.
Also, paramilitarist [par-uh-mil-i-ter-ist] . a person employed in such a force.

Origin:
1930–35; para-1 + military

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paramilitary (ˌpærəˈmɪlɪtərɪ, -trɪ)
 
adj
1.  denoting or relating to a group of personnel with military structure functioning either as a civil force or in support of military forces
2.  denoting or relating to a force with military structure conducting armed operations against a ruling or occupying power
 
n
3.  a.  a paramilitary force
 b.  a member of such a force

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paramilitary
1935, from para- (q.v.) + military.
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