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1. Fighting or warring.
2. Having a combative character; aggressive, especially in the service of a cause: a militant political activist.
A fighting, warring, or aggressive person or party.

[Middle 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 n.
mil′i·tant·ly adv.


another word for militancy
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Noun1.militance - a militant aggressivenessmilitance - a militant aggressiveness    
aggressiveness - the quality of being bold and enterprising
scrappiness - the trait of being scrappy and pugnacious


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The discussion of these innovations sets the stage, as well, for an account of how it became possible for some of the SNCC's leaders to adopt a related program--black power--and to become increasingly interested in the connections between violent militance and freedom, in contrast to Dr.
This marvelous heroine, lucid in her memories and eloquent in her sustained militance, weaves together the narratives of nation, ethnicity and class, of individual emotion and historical sweep.
Paris was seared by the experience of "womanly militance and neighbourly wrath" in the 1949 strike against Penmans.
THINKING of Ivie's racial militance makes it simple to cross over to the next woman on my list.
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C'est ce [beaucoup moins que]modele tunisien[beaucoup plus grand que], vante par la communaute internationale, qui se donne plus d'epaisseur dans le lifting qui touche a la gouvernance locale debarrassee des oripeaux de la militance source de paralysie institutionnelle et de defiance absolue.
But as the mid-1960s saw growing militance around opposition to the war in Vietnam, a shift from civil rights activism to black power, and the countercultural challenges of youthful rebellion, US trade union leaders moved decisively to marginalize student rebels and radical African American activists.
Here I follow Almond, Appleby, and Sivan, who define fundamentalism broadly as a "pattern of religious militance by which self-styled 'true believers' attempt to arrest the erosion of religious identity, fortify the borders of the religious community, and create viable alternatives to secular institutions and behaviors" (Gabriel A.
Thompson's seminal study on the origins of the English working class, discussed Herbert Gutman's linkage of labor militance to local communities, and held many conversations along such lines.
A new left is emerging on campuses and in the streets among young people and renewed trade-union militance is more visible.
These are the people who have been pulled one way by the Newt Gingrich militance and another way by the Clintonian status quo.
In Williams's chapter on SEIU's creative, high-profile Justice for Janitors campaign, she praises its tactical militance and strategic breakthroughs in overcoming contracting-out schemes designed to keep low-wage workers from unionizing anywhere in their industry.