vigilance committee


: a committee of vigilantes

Examples of vigilance committee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some vigilance committees were more formal and endured for months, years even. David Reamer | Alaska History, Anchorage Daily News, 18 June 2023 But many vigilance committees existed briefly in response to singular, serious crimes, like cattle rustling or murder. David Reamer | Alaska History, Anchorage Daily News, 18 June 2023 Lachenais was arrested and secured in the local calaboose, but a vigilance committee descended upon the jail and tore Lachenais out of his cell. Yxta Maya Murray, Longreads, 19 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vigilance committee was in 1835

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“Vigilance committee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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