a militant reformer
militant, hawkish, warlike(adj)
disposed to warfare or hard-line policies
"militant nations"; "hawkish congressman"; "warlike policies"
showing a fighting disposition
"highly competitive sales representative"; "militant in fighting for better wages for workers"; "his self-assertive and ubiquitous energy"
belligerent, militant, war-ridden, warring(adj)
engaged in war
"belligerent (or warring) nations"
An aggressive or fighting person.
One who serves as a soldier.
One who supports a Trotskyite political view or engages in aggressive left-wing politics.
aggressive or combative
fighting or warlike; belligerent
Active in an aggressive way in support of a political or social cause (often associated with extreme left-wing politics).
engaged in warfare; fighting; combating; serving as a soldier
Origin: [L. militans, -antis, p. pr. of militare to be soldier: cf. F. militant. See Militate.]
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
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.]
The numerical value of militant in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of militant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of militant in a Sentence
Under peaceful conditions the militant man attacks himself.
He is, in short, clearly a Hamas activist involved in militant terrorism.
The militant who was detained claimed they were Islamic State members, but we think they're JMB.
Each militant got 25 years in jail. It is life in prison for the 10 militants who were tried by an anti-terrorist court.
In my life I've been an altar boy, a republican militant and a bar manager; that just shows you that I heard bullshit!
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