- The definition of militant is at war, fighting or ready to fight.
An example of a militant person is someone who always wants to battle.
- Militant is defined as a person who is ready and willing to fight for a cause.
An example of a militant is a hostile, aggressive individual.
- at war; fighting
- ready and willing to fight; esp., vigorous or aggressive in supporting or promoting a cause
Origin of militantMiddle English from Classical Latin militans, present participle of militare, to serve as a soldier from miles (gen. militis), soldier
- Fighting or warring.
- Having a combative character; aggressive, especially in the service of a cause: a militant political activist.
Origin of militantMiddle English from Old French from Latin mīlitāns mīlitant- present participle of mīlitāre to serve as a soldier ; see militate .
- mil′i·tance mil′i·tan·cy
(comparative more militant, superlative most militant)
- An entrenched or aggressive adherent to a particular cause, now especially a member of a particular ideological faction. [from 19th c.]
- Specifically, someone who supports the Trotskyite political view expressed in the newspaper Militant, or who engages in aggressive left-wing politics. [from 20th c.]
From Middle French militant, from Latin mÄ«litÄns, present participle of mÄ«litÄre (“to serve as a soldier").