- vigorously active and aggressive, especially in support of a cause: militant reformers.
- engaged in warfare; fighting.
- a militant person.
- a person engaged in warfare or combat.
Origin of militant
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Examples from the Web for militant
At least one child in CAR has been killed or gravely injured per day, and 10,000 have been recruited into militant groups.
This led to the formation of a Christian militant group to counter the rebels, and all-out sectarian violence exploded.
The hostage is the only American woman held by the militant group.A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage
November 17, 2014
Allying themselves with the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, some Lebanese Christians are standing their ground against ISIS.Lebanese Christians Gun Up Against ISIS
November 10, 2014
He was in New York only a couple of week ago, speaking at the United Nations, where he denounced “militant Islam.”Can We Lose the Violent Muslim Cliché?
October 12, 2014
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
To these images and values he conformed, not submissively, but with a militant enthusiasm.Erik Dorn
Their militant social democracy was at once comical and corrective.A Daughter of the Middle Border
"Darwinismus" became the battle-cry of the militant spirits of that time.Form and Function
E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
- aggressive or vigorous, esp in the support of a causea militant protest
- warring; engaged in warfare
- a militant person
- short for Militant Tendency
- a member of Militant Tendency
Word Origin and History for militant
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.
"one engaged in war or strife," c.1600, from militant (adj.); in a political sense, it is attested by 1907.