(For other uses, see Militant (disambiguation).) The English word militant is both an adjective and a noun, and is usually used to mean vigorously active, combative and aggressive, especially in support of a cause, as in 'militant reformers'. It comes from the 15th century Latin "militare" meaning "to serve as a soldier". The related modern concept of the militia as a defensive organization against invaders grew out of the Anglo-Saxon fyrd. In times of crisis, the militiaman left his civilian duties and became a soldier until the emergency was over, when he returned to his civilian occupation.

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  • (For other uses, see Militant (disambiguation).) The English word militant is both an adjective and a noun, and is usually used to mean vigorously active, combative and aggressive, especially in support of a cause, as in 'militant reformers'. It comes from the 15th century Latin "militare" meaning "to serve as a soldier". The related modern concept of the militia as a defensive organization against invaders grew out of the Anglo-Saxon fyrd. In times of crisis, the militiaman left his civilian duties and became a soldier until the emergency was over, when he returned to his civilian occupation. The current meaning of militant does not usually refer to a registered soldier: it can be anyone who subscribes to the idea of using vigorous, sometimes extreme, activity to achieve an objective, usually political. A "militant [political] activist" would be expected to be more confrontational and aggressive than an activist not described as militant. Militance may or may not include physical violence, armed combat, terrorism, and the like. The Trotskyist Militant group in the United Kingdom published a newspaper, was active in labour disputes, moved resolutions in political meetings, but was not based on violence, although some confrontations might lead to unarmed fighting. The purpose of the Christian Church Militant is to struggle against sin, the devil and "..the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12), but it is not a violent movement. (en)
  • Il militante è colui che partecipa attivamente in organizzazioni o partiti in difesa di un di un'idea o ideale. La parola è anche associata a chiunque sia convinto fautore di una visione ideologica (per es. militante cristiano, ateo...). In alcuni contesti "militante" è utilizzato con una connotazione negativa. Ad esempio per "Stato militante" si intende uno Stato che ha un atteggiamento aggressivo a supporto di un'ideologia o di una causa e per "militanti" si indicano quei combattenti che non appartengono ad un'organizzazione governativa di tipo militare. (it)
  • Militant is zowel een bijvoeglijk naamwoord dat "strijdlustig" of "strijdend" betekent als een zelfstandig naamwoord waarvan de betekenis uiteen kan lopen van "terrorist" via "politiek activist" tot aan "beroepsmatig vrijwilliger". Voorbeelden: * een militant lid van de Vlaamse Militanten Orde betekende dat iemand politiek activistisch betrokken was bij die groep. * een vakbondsmilitant is een kaderlid van een vakbond die in staat is vakbondsacties als stakingen te organiseren. * een militant lid van Vivant is een politiek kaderlid dat geldt als actief lid en in staat is namens de politieke partij het woord te voeren en in de openbaarheid te treden. * schrijvers van felle polemieken of mensen die zich anderszins verbaal strijdbaar opstellen worden ook militant genoemd. * een Zwart Blok is een groep militante activisten die tijdens demonstraties trachten rellen te veroorzaken. Het hangt aldus van de context af hoe het woord opgevat moet worden. (nl)
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  • Il militante è colui che partecipa attivamente in organizzazioni o partiti in difesa di un di un'idea o ideale. La parola è anche associata a chiunque sia convinto fautore di una visione ideologica (per es. militante cristiano, ateo...). In alcuni contesti "militante" è utilizzato con una connotazione negativa. Ad esempio per "Stato militante" si intende uno Stato che ha un atteggiamento aggressivo a supporto di un'ideologia o di una causa e per "militanti" si indicano quei combattenti che non appartengono ad un'organizzazione governativa di tipo militare. (it)
  • (For other uses, see Militant (disambiguation).) The English word militant is both an adjective and a noun, and is usually used to mean vigorously active, combative and aggressive, especially in support of a cause, as in 'militant reformers'. It comes from the 15th century Latin "militare" meaning "to serve as a soldier". The related modern concept of the militia as a defensive organization against invaders grew out of the Anglo-Saxon fyrd. In times of crisis, the militiaman left his civilian duties and became a soldier until the emergency was over, when he returned to his civilian occupation. (en)
  • Militant is zowel een bijvoeglijk naamwoord dat "strijdlustig" of "strijdend" betekent als een zelfstandig naamwoord waarvan de betekenis uiteen kan lopen van "terrorist" via "politiek activist" tot aan "beroepsmatig vrijwilliger". Voorbeelden: Het hangt aldus van de context af hoe het woord opgevat moet worden. (nl)
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