What does militant mean?

Definitions for militant
ˈmɪl ɪ təntmil·i·tant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. militant, activistadjective

    a militant reformer

  2. militant, hawkish, warlikeadjective

    disposed to warfare or hard-line policies

    "militant nations"; "hawkish congressman"; "warlike policies"

  3. competitive, militantadjective

    showing a fighting disposition

    "highly competitive sales representative"; "militant in fighting for better wages for workers"; "his self-assertive and ubiquitous energy"

  4. belligerent, militant, war-ridden, warringadjective

    engaged in war

    "belligerent (or warring) nations"


  1. militantnoun

    An aggressive or fighting person.

  2. militantnoun

    One who serves as a soldier.

  3. militantnoun

    One who supports a Trotskyite political view or engages in aggressive left-wing politics.

  4. militantadjective

    aggressive or combative

  5. militantadjective

    fighting or warlike; belligerent

  6. militantadjective

    Active in an aggressive way in support of a political or social cause (often associated with extreme left-wing politics).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Militantadjective

    Etymology: militans, Latin; militante, Fr.

    Against foul fiends they aid us militant;
    They for us fight; they watch and duly ward,
    And their bright squadrons round about us plant. Fa. Q.

    Then are the publick duties of religion best ordered, when the militant church doth resemble, by sensible means, that hidden dignity and glory wherewith the church triumphant in heaven is beautified. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    The state of a Christian in this world is frequently compared to a warfare: and this allusion has appeared so just, that the character of militant has obtained as the common distinction of that part of Christ’s church sojourning here in this world from that part of the family at rest. John Rogers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Militantadjective

    engaged in warfare; fighting; combating; serving as a soldier

  2. Etymology: [L. militans, -antis, p. pr. of militare to be soldier: cf. F. militant. See Militate.]


  1. Militant

    The English word militant is both an adjective and a noun, and is usually used to mean vigorously active, combative and aggressive, especially in support of a cause, as in 'militant reformers'. It comes from the 15th century Latin "militare" meaning "to serve as a soldier". The related modern concept of the militia as a defensive organization against invaders grew out of the Anglo-Saxon fyrd. In times of crisis, the militiaman left his civilian duties and became a soldier until the emergency was over, when he returned to his civilian occupation and life. However, the current meaning of militant does not usually refer to a registered soldier: it can be anyone who subscribes to the idea of using vigorous, sometimes extreme, activity to achieve an objective, usually political. For example, a "militant [political] activist" would be expected to be more confrontational and aggressive than an activist not described as militant. Militance may or may not include physical violence, armed combat, terrorism, and the like. For example, the political Militant tendency published a newspaper, intervened in labour disputes, moved resolutions in political meetings, but was not based on violence, although some confrontations might lead to unarmed fighting. The purpose of the Christian Church Militant is to struggle against sin, the devil and "..the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places", but it is not a violent movement.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Militant

    mil′i-tant, adj. fighting: engaged in warfare.—n. Mil′itancy, the state of being militant.—adv. Mil′itantly.—ns. Mil′itarism, an excess of the military spirit; Mil′itarist (Shak.), a military man.—adj. Mil′itary, pertaining to soldiers or to warfare: warlike: becoming a soldier: engaged in the profession of arms: derived from service as a soldier—(obs.) Mil′itar.—n. soldiery: the army.—v.i. Mil′itate, to contend: to stand opposed: to have force for or against.—Church militant (see Church). [L. militans, -antis, pr.p. of militāre.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. militant

    Engaged in warfare; fighting; combating; serving as a soldier.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of militant in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of militant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of militant in a Sentence

  1. Animesh Roul:

    They are still focusing too much on the existing militant networks and have failed to realize that the IS or AQIS (Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent) monsters are fishing in the troubled waters and succeeding to a large extent by enticing the youths or grassroots extremists.

  2. Islamic Jihad:

    The militant groups conditions emphasized that Israel stop all forms of aggression on our people and begin directly implementing the understandings.

  3. Donald Tusk:

    We're challenged by the opposite of modernity, which is a barbaric mediaevalism, early mediaevalism, primitive, savage, murderous, that comes from the two sources of militant Islam, europe should support Israel - not pressure Israel, not attack Israel, but support Israel, which is the only real shield that Europe and the Middle East have against extremist Islam, which is surging.

  4. Cecile Richards:

    We should not base any kind of decisions about healthcare in this country based on highly sensationalized folks who are nothing but militant anti-abortion extremists.

  5. Todd Boyd:

    Muhammad Ali used Muhammad Ali tongue to lacerate racism and White supremacy and oppression in America, muhammad Ali became more militant, not less. Muhammad Ali became more assertive, not less. Muhammad Ali became more confrontational, not less.

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  • مُقَاتِل, مُحَارِب, مُنَاضِلArabic
  • militantGerman
  • उग्रवादीHindi
  • wojowniczyPolish
  • боево́й, вои́нствующий, троцки́стка, троцки́ст, вои́нственный, боеви́кRussian
  • போராளிTamil
  • бойови́к, войовни́чий, бойови́йUkrainian
  • 激进Chinese

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