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militant

[mil-i-tuh nt]
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adjective
  1. vigorously active and aggressive, especially in support of a cause: militant reformers.
  2. engaged in warfare; fighting.
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noun
  1. a militant person.
  2. a person engaged in warfare or combat.
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Origin of militant

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin mīlitant- (stem of mīlitāns), present participle of mīlitāre to serve as a soldier. See militate, -ant
Related formsmil·i·tan·cy, mil·i·tant·ness, nounmil·i·tant·ly, adverbhy·per·mil·i·tant, adjectivehy·per·mil·i·tant·ly, adverbnon·mil·i·tan·cy, nounnon·mil·i·tant, adjective, nounnon·mil·i·tant·ly, adverbsu·per·mil·i·tant, adjectiveul·tra·mil·i·tant, adjectiveun·mil·i·tant, adjectiveun·mil·i·tant·ly, adverb

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1. belligerent, combative, contentious. See fanatic.
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militant

adjective
  1. aggressive or vigorous, esp in the support of a causea militant protest
  2. warring; engaged in warfare
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noun
  1. a militant person
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Derived Formsmilitancy or rare militantness, nounmilitantly, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin mīlitāre to be a soldier, from mīles soldier

Militant

noun
  1. short for Militant Tendency
  2. a member of Militant Tendency
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Word Origin and History for militancy

n.

1640s, from militant + -cy.

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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.

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militant

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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