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mi·li·tia

 (mə-lĭsh′ə)
n.
1. An army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers.
2. A military force that is not part of a regular army and is subject to call for service in an emergency.
3. The whole body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service.

[Latin mīlitia, warfare, military service, from mīles, mīlit-, soldier.]

militia

(mɪˈlɪʃə)
n
1. (Military) a body of citizen (as opposed to professional) soldiers
2. (Military) an organization containing men enlisted for service in emergency only
[C16: from Latin: soldiery, from mīles soldier]

mi•li•tia

(mɪˈlɪʃ ə)

n.
1. a body of citizens enrolled for military service, called out periodically for drill but serving full time only in emergencies.
2. a body of citizen soldiers as distinguished from professional soldiers.
3. all able-bodied males eligible by law for military service.
4. a body of citizens organized in a paramilitary group and typically regarding themselves as defenders of individual rights against the presumed interference of the federal government.
[1580–90; < Latin mīlitia soldiery =mīlit-, s. of mīles soldier + -ia -ia]

Militia

 a military force or ‘citizen army,’ 1590.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.militia - civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular armymilitia - civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army
military force, military group, military unit, force - a unit that is part of some military service; "he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
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
territorial reserve, territorial - a territorial military unit
militiaman - a member of the militia; serves only during emergencies
2.militia - 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
body - a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity; "the whole body filed out of the auditorium"; "the student body"; "administrative body"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

militia

noun reserve(s), National Guard (U.S.), Territorial Army (Brit.), yeomanry (History), fencibles (History), trainband (History) The troops will not attempt to disarm the warring militias.
Translations

militia

[mɪˈlɪʃə]
A. Nmilicia(s) f(pl)
B. CPD the militia reserves NPL (US) → las reservas (territoriales)

militia

[mɪˈlɪʃə] nmilice f

militia

nMiliz f, → Bürgerwehr f

militia

[mɪˈlɪʃə] nmilizia, milizie fpl
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Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussain had safeguarded the rights of the minorities, but when the state was destroyed, religious minorities lost all protection in the militia system, which led to their exodus from the country.
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In addition to introducing their version of the Christian faith, they brought with them a traditional fear of a standing army, and a reverent faith in the common militia system.