Extremist vs Militant - What's the difference?

extremist | militant |

As nouns the difference between extremist and militant

is that extremist is extremist while militant is (obsolete) a soldier, a combatant.

As an adjective militant is

fighting or disposed to fight; belligerent, warlike.




(en noun)
  • a person who holds extreme views, especially one who advocates such views; a radical or fanatic
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • holding extreme views, especially on a political subject
  • of, or relating to extremism
  • militant



    (en adjective)
  • Fighting or disposed to fight; belligerent, warlike.
  • * 2012 , (Christopher Clark), The Sleepwalkers , Penguin 2013, p. 394:
  • The upper tiers of the foreign ministry were quick to embrace a militant policy.
  • Aggressively supporting of a political or social cause; adamant, combative.
  • Noun

    (wikipedia militant) (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A soldier, a combatant.
  • An entrenched or aggressive adherent to a particular cause, now especially a member of a particular ideological faction.
  • * 2008', '' , 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.
  • Specifically, someone who supports the Trotskyite political view expressed in the newspaper Militant , or who engages in aggressive left-wing politics.
  • Derived terms

    * Militant Tendency * ultramilitant