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militant

mil·i·tant

militant

 
pronunciation:
mI l tnt
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: aggressive or combative in attitude or actions, esp. in defense of a cause.
Many people feared violence as the anti-government protesters were becoming more militant.
synonyms:
aggressive
similar words:
antagonistic, bellicose, belligerent, combative, contentious, defensive, hostile, martial, pugnacious, truculent, warlike
definition 2: waging war; fighting; warring.
The two countries had been militant enemies for four long years.
synonyms:
embattled, fighting, warring
similar words:
belligerent, engaged, martial, mobilized, warlike
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a militant person.
Militants are preparing to stage violent protests in the capital city.
similar words:
insurrectionist, malcontent, protester, rebel
definition 2: a person engaged in fighting or warfare.
Both militants and civilians were killed in the bombing attack.
synonyms:
combatant
derivations: militantly (adv.), militance (n.), militancy (n.)