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The Taliban militant said he was fighting for his religion and way of life.
  someone engaged in war or with a disposition to fight


a reformer disposed to hard-line policies
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  • The Taliban militant said he was fighting for his religion and way of life.
  • militant nations
  • Then 9/11 had made this militancy more mainstream.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • After the war he joined a militant nationalist group and in 1922 met the man who would hold him in thrall for the rest of his life—Adolf Hitler.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • It was an important meeting, with a militant, radical mood, led by some of the most prominent women in the field.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • We were faithful about it before; now we’re militant.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • He was a militant idealist who crusaded against racial bigotry by growing faint in its presence.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Is this the still militant old man, standing at the corners of the three kingdoms, on all hands coercing alms of beggars?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The chambers were bare to the point of severity, reflecting the militant nature of Surda’s existence.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • She bounded in amongst them, her anxious and militant motherhood making her anything but a pretty sight.
    Jack London  --  White Fang

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  • I feel strong, I feel able to get things done! I feel that I can see sharp and clear and far down the dim corridor of history and in it I can hear the footsteps of militant fraternity!
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • In those terrible days of open conflict, I was being taken into the inner cities, usually by black militants, as an observer.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Some have called this an anniversary demonstration organized by militantly pro-Japan forces in the camp.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • There is nothing militant in it, nothing of outraged morality.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Yes, and deems, and is bound to deem, himself honoured by the lot, and aspires but after the day when the cross of separation from fleshly ties shall be laid on his shoulders, and when the Head of that church-militant of whose humblest members he is one, shall give the word, ’Rise, follow Me!’
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • There were monks who wore the frock with such an ill grace that it was easy to perceive they belonged to the church militant; women a little inconvenienced by their costume as pages and whose large trousers could not entirely conceal their rounded forms; and peasants with blackened hands but with fine limbs, savoring of the man of quality a league off.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Indeed, who would have supposed that tolerance, sympathy, and a sense of humour would inhabit that militant form?
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Symbol of the apostles in the mass for pope Marcellus, the voices blended, singing alone loud in affirmation: and behind their chant the vigilant angel of the church militant disarmed and menaced her heresiarchs.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The militancy of the Jesuits he somewhat resembled is a case in point.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The Archbishop was scandalized that a militant and educated Catholic would dare to think that a suicide was saintly, but he agreed with the plan to create an archive of the negatives.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • He figured the militiamen were trying to scare the Burundian Hutu refugees, many of whom were already bitter and militant, judging from their talk.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Marius, be it said in passing, a militant republican as he had proved, was now a Baron in spite of himself.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Only a small and militant sect of California writers was siding with Seabiscuit.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Only through hardship, sacrifice and militant action can freedom be won.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Much like the assimilated Jewish kids drawn to orthodox Sabbath services at Hillel House, Brown offers Chiniqua-who was reluctant to attend militant black rallies in Harlem or troll clubs on 125th Street-a sterling opportunity to reestablish her racial bona fides and validate her blackness.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Appreciation of the thoroughness of white militancy.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • But some of them seem to exist only to teach militant jihad.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • On November 10, 1857, Sam Houston was unceremoniously dismissed by the Texas Legislature and a more militant spokesman for the South elected as his successor.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • It all makes for a lovely picture, except that Nathaniel is as militantly opposed as ever.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • …these people were living, I felt that this close resemblance of the sexes was after all what one would expect; for the strength of a man and the softness of a woman, the institution of the family, and the differentiation of occupations are mere militant necessities of an age of physical force; where population is balanced and abundant, much childbearing becomes an evil rather than a blessing to the State; where violence comes but rarely and off-spring are secure, there is less…
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • If he can be educated to think clearly, concisely, and logically, freed of his habit of taking refuge in platitudes and prejudices and sentimentalisms, then I’m a militant Socialist.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Knowing this, with a morbid conscience whose source is much the same as that of the militant conscience of so-called self-contented persons, the majority of suicides are left to a protracted struggle against their temptation.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • The law was unwritten and unpublicized and essential for survival in that militant, inflammatory zone entered through the Gates of Legrand.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Peking switched its patronage to the newest, most militant faction of the CPI(M)—the Naxalites—who had staged an armed insurrection in Naxalbari, a village in Bengal.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Through her Carol met commanders and majors, newspapermen, chemists and geographers and fiscal experts from the bureaus, and a teacher who was a familiar of the militant suffrage headquarters.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • He and the other thirty-four FORCE troopers watched as the mob grew to three hundred thousand militants kept at bay only by the boat’s containment field and the lack of an order to attack by the New Prophet.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • …spake the Sovran Voice, and clouds began To darken all the hill, and smoke to roll In dusky wreaths, reluctant flames, the sign Of wrath awaked; nor with less dread the loud Ethereal trumpet from on high ’gan blow: At which command the Powers militant, That stood for Heaven, in mighty quadrate joined Of union irresistible, moved on In silence their bright legions, to the sound Of instrumental harmony, that breathed Heroick ardour to adventurous deeds Under their God-like leaders, in…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • From the same it is, that in every Christian State there are certaine men, that are exempt, by Ecclesiasticall liberty, from the tributes, and from the tribunals of the Civil State; for so are the secular Clergy, besides Monks and Friars, which in many places, bear so great a proportion to the common people, as if need were, there might be raised out of them alone, an Army, sufficient for any warre the Church militant should imploy them in, against their owne, or other Princes.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Then it is well you are not preaching a militant one!
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Some are militant with good humor, others boiling with rage and scorn.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Postulating then some militant faction proclaiming the great moment finally at hand.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • She scorns the militant words blaring on billboards everywhere.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Or any of the hardcore militants in the world.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • She was the kind of woman who would be held in contempt during the militant nineteen sixties.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • In 1987 Ghidi’s father was arrested on suspicion of being a Kurdish militant.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Christian peace activist JAMES LONEY was captured by Iraqi militants in Baghdad in November 2005.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • Many ladies wanted to do something militant and had formed a Home Defense Guard, "Ladies from Hades."
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Some met Max’s expectations—powerful, diabolic figures with curving tusks and fearsome, militant faces.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • There is a priest, a socially oriented militant priest, who claims to be a Marxist agitator well known to the courts of New York City.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
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