Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , present participle of militare 'to be a soldier, take part in war', from miles; MILITARY1


a militant organization or person is willing to use strong or violent action in order to achieve political or social change:
militant political activists
a militant animal rights group
After the assassination of Martin Luther King, black leaders became more militant.
militant noun [countable]
right-wing militants
militancy noun [uncountable]
an increase in trade union militancy
militantly adverb:
a militantly anti-communist group

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