vigilante


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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)
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You may rig a floor with explosives, but the vigilante dramatically escapes through a window moments before detonation.
Recorder Nolan told Lal: "When you attended your rendezvous, you were collared by the group, which Mr Giuliani describes as a vigilante group.
THE 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Benin, has denied killing any vigilante member or freeing any suspected herdsmen in Edo.
My aim is the evidence police and them and don't agree vigilante 'The "I won't say the Phantom will never be back but for now I don't want to be associated with people like that because, however you do something, you always get judged by the weirdos with the same mission.