Definition of militant in English:

militant

Line breaks: mili|tant
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪlɪt(ə)nt
 
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adjective

  • Favouring confrontational or violent methods in support of a political or social cause: the army are in conflict with militant groups
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    • I've been amusing myself with the idea of militant liberalism or liberal extremists.
    • On yet further occasions, she seems to represent a new intellectual phenomenon: militant social democracy.
    • Yet the impact of war soon made the munitions centres fertile ground for militant trade unionism and socialist agitation.
    Synonyms
    aggressive, violent, belligerent, bellicose, assertive, pushy, vigorous, forceful, active, ultra-active, fierce, combative, pugnacious; radical, extremist, extreme; enthusiastic, zealous, fanatical

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militancy

noun
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  • But there is a growing militancy and confidence among developing countries.
  • This involved a massive attack on the traditional areas of working class strength and militancy.
  • This militancy makes resistance into counterpower and makes rebellion into a project of love.

militantly

adverb
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  • I hate it when someone calls me a ‘techie’ - almost as much as I loathe being called a ‘guru’ but not quite as much as I detest people who militantly cling to their own ignorance.
  • The hip-hop ethos can trace its genealogy to the emergence in that decade of a black ideology that equated black strength and authentic black identity with a militantly adversarial stance toward American society.
  • What are worth defending, robustly and militantly, are the universal liberal democratic values in our society that exist alongside the crass, antiquated remnants of feudalism and the mistaken attempts to appease religious lobbies.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'engaged in warfare'): from Old French, or from Latin militant- 'serving as a soldier', from the verb militare (see militate). The current sense dates from the early 20th century.

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