Paramilitary vs Militia - What's the difference?

paramilitary | militia |


As nouns the difference between paramilitary and militia

is that paramilitary is a group of civilians trained and organized in a military fashion, but which do not represent the formal forces of a sovereign power while militia is (in particular) an army of trained civilians, which may be an official reserve army, called upon in time of need, the entire able-bodied population of a state which may also be called upon or a private force not under government control.

As an adjective paramilitary

is relating to a paramilitary.

paramilitary

English

Noun

(paramilitaries)
  • A group of civilians trained and organized in a military fashion, but which do not represent the formal forces of a sovereign power.
  • (label) A member of a paramilitary group.
  • Adjective

    (-)
  • relating to a paramilitary
  • militia

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (in particular) An army of trained civilians, which may be an official reserve army, called upon in time of need, the entire able-bodied population of a state which may also be called upon or a private force not under government control.
  • The national police force of certain countries (e.g. Ukraine).