militant

[ mil-i-tuhnt ]
/ ˈmɪl ɪ tənt /

adjective

vigorously active and aggressive, especially in support of a cause: militant reformers.
engaged in warfare; fighting.

noun

a militant person.
a person engaged in warfare or combat.

Nearby words

  1. milicent,
  2. milieu,
  3. milieu therapy,
  4. milit.,
  5. militancy,
  6. militant tendency,
  7. militantly,
  8. militaria,
  9. militarism,
  10. militarist

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

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British Dictionary definitions for militant

militant

/ (ˈmɪlɪtənt) /

adjective

aggressive or vigorous, esp in the support of a causea militant protest
warring; engaged in warfare

noun

a militant person
Derived Formsmilitancy or rare militantness, nounmilitantly, adverb

Word Origin for militant

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

Militant

/ (ˈmɪlɪtənt) /

noun

a member of Militant Tendency
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