Definition of Church Militant in English:

Church Militant

noun

  • The whole body of living Christian believers, regarded as striving to combat evil on earth.

    ‘it is now time for the Church Militant to denounce antibiotics’
    • ‘Our Lord Jesus equipped the Church Militant with two potent weapons on that Maundy Thursday.’
    • ‘Members of the Church Militant are adept at all combat skills, including leading troops on the field of battle.’
    • ‘This miniature, illustrating another psalm for the sons of Core, shows David before a crowned female figure, symbol of the Church Militant and then Triumphant.’
    • ‘Needless to say, today's Church Militant is plagued with indifference.’
    • ‘In the order of Divine Providence, salvation is given to man in the Church: membership in the Church Triumphant is given through membership in the Church Militant.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: contrasted with the Church Triumphant in heaven.