Definition of paramilitary in English:


Syllabification: par·a·mil·i·tar·y
Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈmiliˌterē


  • (Of an unofficial force) organized similarly to a military force: soldiers and police have been killed in conflicts with the drug cartels and their paramilitary allies
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    • And what sort of training does this paramilitary police force give such conscripts?
    • Local police, paramilitary police and military units have now surrounded the building.
    • The raids killed or captured paramilitary forces and captured a number of large arms and ammunition in caches.

noun (plural paramilitaries)

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  • A member of an unofficial paramilitary organization.
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    • The struggle in Chocó is but one stage on which the guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries are fighting their war.
    • The right-wing paramilitaries also gain much of their revenue from the drug trade.
    • British troops report civilians are telling them where the paramilitaries hide.

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