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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.
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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]
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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.
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vigilante

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

vigilante

[ˈvɪdʒɪˈlæntɪ] Nvigilante mf
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vigilante

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

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

[ˌvɪdʒɪˈlæntɪ] nvigilante m/f (privato cittadino)
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