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.


  1. militant

    A militant is a person who aggressively supports or promotes a political or social cause, often choosing to engage in confrontational or violent methods as part of their activism. It can also refer to a member of a military force who is engaged in combative activities.

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. Gilbert Gapay:

    Monay has replaced her aunt as the main financier and logistic supporter of the militant group, the arrest will adversely affect the logistics support network of the group.

  2. Charlton Heston:

    Mainstream America is depending on you - counting on you - to draw your sword and fight for them. These people have precious little time or resources to battle misguided Cinderella attitudes, the fringe propaganda of the homosexual coalition, the feminists who preach that it's a divine duty for women to hate men, blacks who raise a militant fist with one hand, while they seek preference with the other.

  3. Islam Karimov:

    Various elements among the representatives of Islamic State are already slipping into Afghanistan from Iraq and Syria. All this requires the adoption of appropriate preventative measures, the creeping expansion of militant extremism and religious radicalism, not only on the territory of the governments of Central Asia but also abroad, is most seriously concerning.

  4. Garib Dass:

    They have serious differences with ... other militant leadership over several issues, they feel that these people have damaged the movement and are targeting them.

  5. Max Abrahms:

    Think tank analysts have often referred to him as a savvy militant group leader, even a mastermind. Thats because he was the leader of the most feared terrorist group in the world.

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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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