Definition of militant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmɪlɪtənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪlɪtənt//
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using, or willing to use, force or strong pressure to achieve your aims, especially to achieve social or political change militant groups/leaders Some trade unions have a more militant approach to pay negotiations. a militant feminist movement Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘engaged in warfare’): from Old French, or from Latin militant- ‘serving as a soldier’, from the verb militare, from miles, milit- ‘soldier’. The current sense dates from the early 20th cent.Extra examples The women on the march were highly militant. Militant groups have been blamed for a series of attacks in the region. Partly because of the militant feminist movement, women got the vote in 1918.

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