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night·rid·er

 (nīt′rī′dər)
n.
One of a secret band of mounted, usually masked white men who engaged in nocturnal terrorism for revenge or intimidation in the southern United States especially during Reconstruction.

nightrider

(ˈnaɪtˌraɪdə)
n
(Historical Terms) a member of a band of mounted and usually masked White people in the southern US who carried out acts of revenge and intimidation at night after the Civil War
ˈnightˌriding n

night•rid•er

(ˈnaɪtˌraɪ dər)

n.
one of a band of mounted men who commit acts of violence and intimidation at night, esp. a member of such a band in the southern U.S. during Reconstruction.
[1875–80]
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Noun1.nightrider - member of a secret mounted band in United States South after the American Civil Warnightrider - member of a secret mounted band in United States South after the American Civil War; committed acts of intimidation and revenge
aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker - someone who attacks
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Hearing how nightriding mobs showed their murderous displeasure to his people after his defeat of Jeffries, Johnson probably decided they needed no further incitement from him.
She listened to Dawson, the Klansman who recruited, organized and led the assault, reminisce about his nightriding days.
Gingrich should also know that for the next hundred years we had legalized subordination of blacks, under a suffocating blanket of condescension and frequently enforced by nightriding terrorists.