vigilance committee


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vigilance committee

n.
A volunteer group of citizens that without authority assumes powers such as pursuing and punishing those suspected of lawbreaking.

vigilance committee

n
(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

vig′ilance commit`tee


n.
an unauthorized group of citizens organized to maintain order and mete out punishment in the absence of a regular court.
[1825–35, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vigilance committee - a volunteer committee to maintain order where an efficient legal system does not existvigilance committee - a volunteer committee to maintain order where an efficient legal system does not exist
citizens committee, committee - a self-constituted organization to promote something
Translations

vigilance committee

nBürgerwehr f, → Selbstschutzkomitee nt
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It became evident to him that if he did not go into politics at once, he would be hanged as an assassin and accordingly, and without a word to the women, he went down to the village public-house he had passed an hour before on his way to Edna, entered it from the rear, and confronted the little band of ambiguous roughs, who were drinking in the tap-room and discussing matrimony and Bill's affection in a facetious but envious manner, with a casually held but carefully reloaded revolver, and an invitation to join what he called, I regret to say, a "Vigilance Committee" under his direction.
Bill was perfunctorily buried, and Bert's Vigilance Committee
Here there are robbers, here vigilance committees, and here guerilla bands ruling patches of exhausted territory, strange federations and brotherhoods form and dissolve, and religious fanaticisms begotten of despair gleam in famine-bright eyes.
The vigilance committee went out of existence without the formality of a resolution.
This enabled Mattingly and Maryland Joe to cut down the body of a man hanged by the Vigilance Committee a few hours before on the regular trail, and to remonstrate with the committee on the incompatibility of such exhibitions with a maidenly worship of nature.
Regarding Punjab Vigilance Committee Bill 2015, presented in the cabinet meeting, the Chief Minister said that terrorism and extremism are big challenges for the country and all segments of the society will have to play their role for dealing with this menace.
UP Congress spokesperson Akhilesh Pratap Singh said Sonia would attend the meeting of district monitoring and vigilance committee on Wednesday and take up the issue of those who are dead in government records.
The DC expressed these views while presiding over a meeting regarding the district vigilance committee for bonded labour.
Deputy Commissioner Liaqat Ali Chatha, chairing a meeting of the district vigilance committee on Tuesday, said the initiative is being taken to eliminate the illegal business of kidney sale.
Guwahati, Mar 2 (ANI): The Central Vigilance Committee on Public Distribution System (PDS), headed by Justice D P Wadhwa, is scheduled to visit different parts of Assam beginning on Thursday.
The matter was later taken up by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi in March during a meeting of the Sultanpur district monitoring and vigilance committee. He wanted to hand over the embezzlement inquiry to a committee of the Centre.