night rider


Definition of night rider

: a member of a secret band who ride masked at night doing acts of violence for the purpose of punishing or terrorizing

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Recent Examples on the Web Have things really changed all that much since the days of Jim Crow and the night riders? Michele Langevine Leiby,, "In ‘The Gone Dead,’ a woman’s questions about her father’s death reveal a town’s racist history," 17 July 2019 The White Caps were a band of hooded or masked night riders that used whips, guns and rope on their victims. Indystar, Indianapolis Star, "Retro Indy: KKK in Indiana and their leader D.C. Stephenson," 20 Feb. 2014

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First Known Use of night rider

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Night rider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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