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A volunteer group of citizens that without authority assumes powers such as pursuing and punishing those suspected of lawbreaking.
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(in the US) a self-appointed body of citizens organized to maintain order, punish crime, etc, where an efficient system of courts does not exist
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an unauthorized group of citizens organized to maintain order and mete out punishment in the absence of a regular court.
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|Noun||1.||vigilance committee - a volunteer committee to maintain order where an efficient legal system does not exist|
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n → Bürgerwehr f, → Selbstschutzkomitee nt
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