- 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 militantly
Then they discovered that Assange instead had made deals with a far-right party as well as one that is militantly pro-gun.Julian Assange's Political Party Implodes
August 23, 2013
That body was militantly against the new Government as it stood.The Life of John Marshall (Volume 2 of 4)
Albert J. Beveridge
The Federation was—in its first decade particularly—as militantly radical as the coal miners' union was conservative.The I.W.W.
Paul Frederick Brissenden
Yet men never felt more proud than we did, as we militantly strode off the last steps to the world's very top!My Attainment of the Pole
Frederick A. Cook
But he never was militantly against religion as far as I remember.Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Daphne was militantly cheerful, and, in the drawing-room after dinner, she put the finishing touches to her speech.Affinities and Other Stories
Mary Roberts Rinehard
- 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 militantly
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.