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militant

[mil-i-tuh nt] /ˈmɪl ɪ tənt/
adjective
1.
vigorously active and aggressive, especially in support of a cause:
militant reformers.
2.
engaged in warfare; fighting.
noun
3.
a militant person.
4.
a person engaged in warfare or combat.
Origin of militant
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin mīlitant- (stem of mīlitāns), present participle of mīlitāre to serve as a soldier. See militate, -ant
Related forms
militancy, militantness, noun
militantly, adverb
hypermilitant, adjective
hypermilitantly, adverb
nonmilitancy, noun
nonmilitant, adjective, noun
nonmilitantly, adverb
supermilitant, adjective
ultramilitant, adjective
unmilitant, adjective
unmilitantly, adverb
Synonyms
1. belligerent, combative, contentious. See fanatic.
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  • Might I ask why this sudden interest in the militant laboring ladies?

    An American Suffragette Isaac N. Stevens
  • The emotions of the militant Federalists were too various to admit of description.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • To these images and values he conformed, not submissively, but with a militant enthusiasm.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • Their militant social democracy was at once comical and corrective.

  • "Darwinismus" became the battle-cry of the militant spirits of that time.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
British Dictionary definitions for militant

militant

/ˈmɪlɪtənt/
adjective
1.
aggressive or vigorous, esp in the support of a cause: a militant protest
2.
warring; engaged in warfare
noun
3.
a militant person
Derived Forms
militancy, (rare) militantness, noun
militantly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin mīlitāre to be a soldier, from mīles soldier

Militant

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

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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