belligerent vs militant what difference

what is difference between belligerent and militant

English

Etymology

From Latin belligerans (waging war), present active participle of belligerō (I wage war), from belliger (waging war, warlike), from bellum (war) + -ger (from gerō (I lead, wage, carry on)).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /bəˈlɪdʒ.(ə).ɹənt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /bəˈlɪdʒ.ə.ɹənt/

Adjective

belligerent (comparative more belligerent, superlative most belligerent)

  1. Engaged in warfare, warring.
  2. Eager to go to war, warlike.
  3. Of or pertaining to war.
  4. (by extension) Aggressively hostile, eager to fight.
  5. Acting violently towards others.
  6. Uncooperative.

Synonyms

  • (eager to fight): aggressive, antagonistic, bellicose, combative, contentious, pugnacious, quarrelsome, truculent

Derived terms

  • belligerently
  • cobelligerent
  • nonbelligerent

Related terms

  • bellicose
  • belligerence
  • belligerency

Translations

Noun

belligerent (plural belligerents)

  1. A state or other armed participant in warfare

Translations

See also

  • warmonger

Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from French belligérant, from Latin belligerēns (waging war), present active participle of belligerō (wage war), from belliger (waging war, warlike), from bellum (war) + -ger (from gerō (wage, carry on)).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɛ.li.ɣəˈrɛnt/
  • Hyphenation: bel‧li‧ge‧rent
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

Adjective

belligerent (comparative belligerenter, superlative belligerentst)

  1. belligerent, engaged in warfare

Inflection

Synonyms

  • oorlogvoerend

Noun

belligerent m (plural belligerenten)

  1. A belligerent, armed party in warfare

Latin

Verb

belligerent

  1. third-person plural present active subjunctive of belligerō


English

Etymology

From Middle French militant, from Latin mīlitāns, present participle of mīlitāre (to serve as a soldier).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɪlɪtənt/

Adjective

militant (comparative more militant, superlative most militant)

  1. Fighting or disposed to fight; belligerent, warlike. [from 15th c.]
    • 2012, Christopher Clark, The Sleepwalkers, Penguin 2013, p. 394:
      The upper tiers of the foreign ministry were quick to embrace a militant policy.
  2. Aggressively supporting of a political or social cause; adamant, combative. [from 17th c.]

Synonyms

  • warrish

Translations

Noun

militant (plural militants)

  1. (obsolete) A soldier, a combatant. [17th-19th c.]
  2. An entrenched or aggressive adherent to a particular cause, now especially a member of a particular ideological faction. [from 19th c.]
    • 2008, Militants in Pakistan release 250 schoolchildren after taking them hostage, Wikinews:
      Officials in Pakistan have confirmed that at least 250 schoolchildren between 12 and 18 years old and several teachers were taken hostage by at least seven militants inside a high school in Domail.
  3. Specifically, someone who supports the Trotskyist political view expressed in the newspaper Militant, or who engages in aggressive left-wing politics. [from 20th c.]

Derived terms

  • Militant Tendency
  • ultramilitant

Related terms

  • militance
  • military
  • militia

Translations


Catalan

Adjective

militant (masculine and feminine plural militants)

  1. A militant.

Verb

militant

  1. present participle of militar

Further reading

  • “militant” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
  • “militant” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
  • “militant” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
  • “militant” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌmi.liˈtɑnt/
  • Hyphenation: mi‧li‧tant
  • Rhymes: -ɑnt

Etymology

Borrowed from French militant.

Adjective

militant (comparative militanter, superlative militantst)

  1. militant (belligerent, tending to violence, defensive)
Inflection
Related terms
  • militair
  • militie

Noun

militant m (plural militanten)

  1. A militant, combatant.
  2. A devoted supporter, activist.
Derived terms
  • partijmilitant
  • vakbondsmilitant

French

Etymology

From militer.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mi.li.tɑ̃/

Adjective

militant (feminine singular militante, masculine plural militants, feminine plural militantes)

  1. militant

Noun

militant m (plural militants)

  1. An activist, campaigner
    Synonyms: partisan, supporter, supporteur

Verb

militant

  1. present participle of militer

Further reading

  • “militant” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • limitant

German

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin mīlitāns.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /miliˈtant/
  • Rhymes: -ant

Adjective

militant (comparative militanter, superlative am militantesten)

  1. militant

Declension


Latin

Verb

mīlitant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of mīlitō

Occitan

Pronunciation

Adjective

militant m (feminine singular militanta, masculine plural militants, feminine plural militantas)

  1. militant

Romanian

Etymology

From French militant.

Adjective

militant m or n (feminine singular militantă, masculine plural militanți, feminine and neuter plural militante)

  1. activist

Declension


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