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Militant is usually used to describe a person engaged in aggressive verbal or physical combat (e.g. an activist, revolutionary, terrorist or insurgent).

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  • Activist – individuals in intentional action to bring about social or political change.
  • Belligerent – one of a contracting parties in a conflict.
  • Church militant (Ecclesia Militans) – Christians who are living.
  • combat or fighting – purposeful conflict between one or more persons, often involving violence and intended to establish dominance over the opposition.
  • combatant – a soldier or guerrilla member who is waging war.
  • crusader – Christian warriors in a series of several military campaigns—usually sanctioned by the Papacy—that took place during the 11th through 13th century. Used contemporarily to describe people that attack Islam, whether perceived or real.
  • demonstrator – an individual who is publicly displaying the common opinion of an activist group, often economically, political, or socially, by gathering in a crowd, usually at a symbolic place or date, associated with that opinion.
  • extremist – ideas or actions thought by critics to be hyperbolic and unwarranted.
  • filibuster or freebooter – is someone who engages in an (at least nominally) unauthorized military expedition into a foreign country or territory to foment or support a revolution.
  • fundamentalism – anti-modernist movements in various religions.
  • guerrilla – small combat groups and the individual members of such groups operating with small, mobile and flexible combat groups called cells, without a front line.
  • imminent threat – a criterion in international law, developed over the Caroline affair, described as being "instant, overwhelming, and leaving no choice of means, and no moment for deliberation."; the Caroline test has as additional criterion that the response must be proportionate to the threat.
  • insurgent – an armed rebellion by any irregular armed force that rises up against an established authority, government, administration or occupation.
  • jihadist – political neologism used to describe violent persons and movements in contemporary Islam.
  • man-at-arms – medieval term for a soldier, almost always a professional.
  • mercenary – soldier who fights, or engages in warfare primarily for private gain, usually with little regard for ideological, national or political considerations.
  • military – any armed force, it generally refers to a permanent, professional force of soldiers or guerrillas.
  • Militant (or the Militant tendency) – Trotskyist group active as an entryist group within the UK Labour Party who were found to be in breach of the Labour Party's constitution. The group existed in this form from 1964 to 1991.
  • mujahideen – Muslim fighters; literally means "strugglers" or "people doing jihad". The traditional Arabic term for a "jihadist".
  • partisan – member of a lightly equipped irregular military force formed to oppose control of an area by a foreign power or by an army of occupation.
  • privateer – a private person who engages in maritime warfare under a commission of war, and often is rewarded with booty obtained.
  • protester – expresses relatively overt reaction to events or situations: sometimes in favour, more often opposed.
  • preemptive strike – a surprise attack to counter an anticipated enemy offensive.
  • rebel – individuals who participate in rebellions.
  • Reform Movement – kind of social movement that aims to make gradual change, or change in certain aspects of the society rather than rapid or fundamental changes.
  • rioter – people in crowds committing crimes or acts of violence
  • soldier – person who has enlisted with, or has been conscripted into, the armed forces of a sovereign country and has undergone training and received equipment to defend that country or its interests.
  • vigilante – any individual(s) who establish their own form of justice or forms a collaboration with law enforcement to fight against criminal activities. Usually militant, armed, and not complying with the rule of law.
  • war – state of widespread conflict between states, organisations, or relatively large groups of people, which is characterised by the use of violent, physical force between combatants or upon civilians.
  • warrior – person habitually engaged in combat. In tribal societies, warriors often form a caste or class of their own.
  • zealot – an individual who is zealous on behalf of God.





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