- noting or pertaining to an organization operating as, in place of, or as a supplement to a regular military force: a paramilitary police unit.
- Also par·a·mil·i·ta·rist [par-uh-mil-i-ter-ist] /ˌpær əˈmɪl ɪ tər ɪst/. a person employed in such a force.
Origin of paramilitary
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Examples from the Web for paramilitary
I condemn this action from the viewpoint of the Guards and the [paramilitary] Basij.Acid Attacks on Women Spread Terror in Iran
October 18, 2014
A paramilitary group he formed took credit last week for two gangland-style shootings of pro-Russian separatists.Ukraine’s Chocolate King Wins
May 25, 2014
The conflict is up close and personal for the paramilitary fighters.Nigeria’s Do-It-Yourself Boko Haram Busters
May 16, 2014
The paramilitary right sector has de facto power at least in some Western Ukrainian regions, such as the Rivne and Volyn Regions.Can Ukraine Control Its Far Right Ultranationalists?
March 1, 2014
“This is a guy who runs a paramilitary operation,” Buono continued.Christie Runs “Paramilitary Organization,” Says Democratic Ex-Foe After New Bridge Emails
January 8, 2014
Paramilitary programs of Party-sponsored youth organizations are similar in many ways to those in the school system.Area Handbook for Albania
Eugene K. Keefe
- denoting or relating to a group of personnel with military structure functioning either as a civil force or in support of military forces
- denoting or relating to a force with military structure conducting armed operations against a ruling or occupying power
- a paramilitary force
- a member of such a force
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Word Origin and History for paramilitary
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