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vigilante

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noun vig·i·lan·te \ˌvi-jə-ˈlan-tē\

Simple Definition of vigilante

  • : a person who is not a police officer but who tries to catch and punish criminals

Full Definition of vigilante

  1. :  a member of a volunteer committee organized to suppress and punish crime summarily (as when the processes of law are viewed as inadequate); broadly :  a self-appointed doer of justice

vig·i·lan·tism play \-ˈlan-ˌti-zəm\ noun

Examples of vigilante

  1. <the danger of these self-appointed vigilantes is that they sometimes go after innocent people>



Origin of vigilante

Spanish, watchman, guard, from vigilante vigilant, from Latin vigilant-, vigilans


First Known Use: 1856

Rhymes with vigilante



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