Militant or terrorist?
Main Entry: mil·i·tant
Date: 15th century
1 : engaged in warfare or combat : FIGHTING
2 : aggressively active (as in a cause) : COMBATIVE ‹militant conservationists› ‹a militant attitude›
synonym see AGGRESSIVE
Terrorist [brought up 'terrorism']
Main Entry: ter·ror·ism
: the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion
- ter·ror·ist /-&r-ist/ adjective or noun
- ter·ror·is·tic /"ter-&r-'is-tik/ adjective
What is "terror"?
Main Entry: ter·ror
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French terreur, from Latin terror, from terrEre to frighten; akin to Greek trein to be afraid, flee, tremein to tremble -- more at TREMBLE
Date: 14th century
1 : a state of intense fear
2 a : one that inspires fear : SCOURGE b : a frightening aspect c : a cause of anxiety : WORRY d : an appalling person or thing; especially : BRAT
3 : REIGN OF TERROR
4 : violence (as bombing) committed by groups in order to intimidate a population or government into granting their demands
synonym see FEAR
Just wanted to clear up any confusion, and to point out that the media are incorrectly using the term "militant" where they should be using "terrorist".
[definitions courtesy of Merriam-Webster online]