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vig·i·lan·te

 (vĭj′ə-lăn′tē)
n.
A person who is not a member of law enforcement but who pursues and punishes persons suspected of lawbreaking.

[Spanish, watchman, vigilante, from Latin vigilāns, vigilant-, present participle of vigilāre, to be watchful, from vigil, watchful; see weg- in Indo-European roots.]

vig′i·lan′tism (-lăn′tĭz-əm), vig′i·lan′te·ism (-tē-ĭz′əm) n.

vigilante

(ˌvɪdʒɪˈlæntɪ)
n
1. one of an organized group of citizens who take upon themselves the protection of their district, properties, etc
2. Also called: vigilance man US a member of a vigilance committee
[C19: from Spanish, from Latin vigilāre to keep watch]

vig•i•lan•te

(ˌvɪdʒ əˈlæn ti)

n., pl. -tes.
1. a member of a vigilance committee.
2. any person who assumes the authority of the law, as by avenging a crime.
[1825–35;< Sp: vigilant]
vig`i•lan′tism, n.

vigilante

A person who unlawfully takes the enforcement of law into his or her own hands.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vigilante - member of a vigilance committeevigilante - member of a vigilance committee  
unpaid worker, volunteer - a person who performs voluntary work
Translations

vigilante

[ˈvɪdʒɪˈlæntɪ] Nvigilante mf

vigilante

[ˌvɪdʒɪˈlænti]
nmembre mf d'une milice privée
modif [patrol, justice] → de paramilitaires
a vigilante squad → une milice privée

vigilante

n Mitglied einer Selbstschutzorganisation; the vigilantesdie Bürgerwehr, der Selbstschutz
adj attrSelbstschutz-; vigilante groupSelbstschutzgruppe f

vigilante

[ˌvɪdʒɪˈlæntɪ] nvigilante m/f (privato cittadino)
References in classic literature ?
Wherefore we pray you heartily to beware, and to be found watching, even as the Holy Text hath it, Invenientur vigilantes.
There's every chance the so-called vigilantes responsible for bringing him to justice would have been lashed by the judge for usurping the gardai's authority.
A CHEF was caught trying to meet a child by vigilantes.
Maidawa said that it was unclear whether it was the vigilantes that were reported to be the armed robbers or they were called for the same purpose of checkmating the reported armed robbery activity.
A PERVERT caught committing a sex act in a children's playground claims he forgot to sign the Sex Offenders' Register because his windows had been put through by vigilantes.
The Court asked all states to take stern steps to stop violence in the name of cow protection by appointing a senior police officer as nodal officer in every district and by acting promptly to keep in check cow vigilantes behaving like they were "law unto themselves".
Summary: Thiruvanantapuram (Kerala) [India], Sept 8 (ANI): National award winning Malayalam actress Surabhi Lakshmi became the latest target of cow vigilantes on social media, for eating beef.
ISLAMABAD -- Member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed has warned the puppet authorities of serious consequences if they fail to protect Muslims in Jammu region and did not initiated action against cow vigilantes in the Indian Occupied territory.
That is where honest vigilantes can use avenues like social media to highlight, expose, call attention or demand action.
Lagman said rights group Amnesty International has investigated rogue cops paying off vigilantes to kill suspected criminals.
The vigilantes are seen as more effective in curbing immediate crime and deterring future crimes than the conventional police.
Winn (Jeremy Jordan) thinks that his and James' (Mehcad Brooks) nighttime gig as vigilantes will soon come to an end after James' alter ego, Guardian, is accused of a murder committed by another vigilante in (http://www.