militant

A militant is someone who is engaged in a war or who acts aggressively for their cause. If you are militant in your beliefs, you do not question them any more than a soldier questions his orders.

In the context of undeclared or guerrilla warfare, enemy fighters are often referred to not as soldiers but as militants, because they are not members of a formal army. As an adjective, militant often has a negative feel — people on one side of a debate will often try to cast those on the other side as militants.

Definitions of militant
  1. adjective
    engaged in war
    synonyms: belligerent, war-ridden, warring
    unpeaceful
    not peaceful
  2. adjective
    disposed to warfare or hard-line policies
    militant nations”
    synonyms: hawkish, warlike
    unpeaceful
    not peaceful
  3. adjective
    showing a fighting disposition
    militant in fighting for better wages for workers”
    synonyms: competitive
    aggressive
    having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends
  4. noun
    a militant reformer
    synonyms: activist
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    examples:
    Malcolm Little
    militant civil rights leader (1925-1965)
    types:
    Black Muslim
    an activist member of a largely American group of Blacks called the Nation of Islam
    Black Panther
    a member of the Black Panthers political party
    type of:
    crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, social reformer
    a disputant who advocates reform
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