Definition of paramilitary in English:

paramilitary

adjective

  • Organized similarly to a military force.

    ‘illegal paramilitary groups’
    ‘paramilitary police’
    • ‘The raids killed or captured paramilitary forces and captured a number of large arms and ammunition in caches.’
    • ‘And what sort of training does this paramilitary police force give such conscripts?’
    • ‘The Defense Forces include an army, a navy, an air force, and paramilitary forces that include the police.’
    • ‘Local police, paramilitary police and military units have now surrounded the building.’
    • ‘Over 1,700 people were kidnapped by armed opposition groups and paramilitary forces.’
    guerrilla, underground
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noun

  • A member of a paramilitary organization.

    • ‘British troops report civilians are telling them where the paramilitaries hide.’
    • ‘According to witnesses the men were a mixed group of paramilitaries and Colombian soldiers from army units.’
    • ‘Venezuela's peasants and indigenous communities are also facing terror from paramilitaries.’
    • ‘The right-wing paramilitaries also gain much of their revenue from the drug trade.’
    • ‘The struggle in Chocó is but one stage on which the guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries are fighting their war.’

Pronunciation:

paramilitary

/ˌparəˈmɪlɪt(ə)ri/