- 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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Related Wordshostility, aggressiveness, enmity, resentment, disaffection, hatred, animosity, pugnacity, antagonism, belligerence, blitz, fight, belligerency, push, destructiveness, detestation, rancor, estrangement, aggression, spite
Examples from the Web for militancy
“Pakistan has to change the narrative about militancy,” said Kakar .Pakistani School Killers Want to Strike the U.S.
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 17, 2014
He said he had found it repulsive, because to him it had advocated Islamic militancy.Religion, Race, and a Broadway Hit: The Making of ‘Disgraced’
November 10, 2014
Slovyansk serves as the main base for the militancy across the region.Kiev Is Blowing Its Chance to Take Back East Ukraine
May 6, 2014
Then in 2007 he had joined the pro-Kremlin, pro “Eurasian” youth group, Nashi, to hone his militancy.Putin’s Men in Ukraine: We’re Not Giving In
April 18, 2014
Jaber openly denounced the violent Islamist militancy of AQAP, teaching at a government school where he hoped to promote peace.Six Key Parts of a New Report That May Change Your View on Drones
October 22, 2013
It is coloured with all the militancy of the author's temperament.William Shakespeare
They may be narrowed by militancy, or they may be widened by industrialism.
Nothing could have been more militant than her denunciation of militancy.Ramsey Milholland
Militancy was a bad symptom which showed the need of action.The Annual Register 1914
All too soon, it may be, had the boroughs put off their militancy.Domesday Book and Beyond
Frederic William Maitland
- 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 militancy
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.