Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Fighting or warring.
  • adj. Having a combative character; aggressive, especially in the service of a cause: a militant political activist.
  • n. A fighting, warring, or aggressive person or party.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. aggressive or combative
  • adj. fighting or warlike; belligerent
  • adj. Active in an aggressive way in support of a political or social cause (often associated with extreme left-wing politics).
  • n. An aggressive or fighting person.
  • n. One who serves as a soldier.
  • n. One who supports a Trotskyite political view or engages in aggressive left-wing politics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fighting; warring; engaged in warfare; pertaining to warfare or conflict.
  • Having a combative character or tendency; warlike.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. disposed to warfare or hard-line policies
  • adj. engaged in war
  • n. a militant reformer
  • adj. showing a fighting disposition

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mīlitāns, mīlitant-, present participle of mīlitāre, to serve as a soldier; see militate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late Latin militare ("to serve as a soldier") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Militant opponents of the pullout have threatened to block roads this week and to bring Israel to a standstill when the army closes off the Gaza settlements in preparation for the evacuation. week before, Greenberg used the term militant to describe a Palestinian who ambushed and killed an Israeli motorist.

    CAMERA Snapshots

  • It defines the term militant to mean, 'a person or group willing to use force or strong pressure to achieve her aims '.

    AllAfrica News: Latest

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that his country is fully entitled to stop what he called "efforts to smuggle" weapons into Hamas-controlled Gaza - which he called the militant Palestinian group's "terror enclave."

    Irish Ship Drops Out of Gaza Flotilla; Organizers Vow to Sail

  • Lady Warsi is to warn of what she calls the "militant secularisation" of society and propose Christianity is given a central role in public life when she leads a high-level government delegation on an official visit to the pope.

    'Militant secularisation' taking hold of British society, says Lady Warsi

  • Now, the Pakistan air force is saying they were involved in an air strike on what they call a militant training camp.

    CNN Transcript Oct 9, 2007

  • The IDF, the Israel Defense Forces, saying they were targeting what they called a militant -- a Hezbollah militant's home in this refugee camp.

    CNN Transcript Aug 8, 2006

  • In a statement on its Web site, the group says that its name is being hijacked by what it calls militant extremists.

    CNN Transcript Jan 18, 2006

  • In a statement on its Web site the group says that its name is being hijacked by what it call militant extremists.

    CNN Transcript Jan 18, 2006

  • This ruling has lit up what I call the militant middle.

    CNN Transcript Aug 10, 2005

  • GERGES: I think Al-Aqsa Martyrs 'Brigade is what I call the militant generation.

    CNN Transcript Nov 12, 2004

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