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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.
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(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
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(ˈnaɪtˌraɪ dər)

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.
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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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