militia

If you live in a remote place that's under attack by an upstart band of thieves, start a militia. A militia is a band of civilians trained to do army type business, without officially joining the army.

Militia comes from mīlet-, Latin for "soldier," but the word now refers to a band of fighters who aren't officially soldiers. Sometimes militias add on to regular army forces, like the citizen's militias who fought alongside regular troops in the Revolutionary War. But you'll frequently hear militia if you're listening to news about dangerously violent parts of the world where, instead of voting for change, groups form militias and fight for political power. It's also a verb: to militia.

Definitions of militia
  1. noun
    civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army
    synonyms: reserves
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    types:
    SA, Storm Troops, Sturmabteilung
    Nazi militia created by Hitler in 1921 that helped him to power but was eclipsed by the SS after 1943
    trainband
    a company of militia in England or America from the 16th century to the 18th century
    type of:
    force, military force, military group, military unit
    a unit that is part of some military service
  2. noun
    the entire body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service
    “their troops were untrained militia
    “"Congress shall have power to provide for calling forth the militia"--United States Constitution”
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    type of:
    body
    a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
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