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)
References in classic literature ?
Wherefore we pray you heartily to beware, and to be found watching, even as the Holy Text hath it, Invenientur vigilantes. And the wealthy Jew her father, Isaac of York, having prayed of me letters in his behalf, I gave him these, earnestly advising, and in a sort entreating, that you do hold the damsel to ransom, seeing he will pay you from his bags as much as may find fifty damsels upon safer terms, whereof I trust to have my part when we make merry together, as true brothers, not forgetting the wine-cup.
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