Examples of vigilante in a Sentence
the danger of these self-appointed vigilantes is that they sometimes go after innocent people
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John Wayne grew his brand as a horseback vigilante in decades’ worth of Westerns, from his first leading role in 1930′s The Big Trail to 1971′s Big Jake, in which the law fails and Wayne’s everyman is the only justice.
Since then social-media vigilantes have uncovered pictures of him wearing 25 different watches worth around $1.2m, including 11 Rolexes.
The next day white vigilantes set her porch on fire, forcing Taylor, her husband, Willie Guy Taylor, and their 3-year-old daughter Joyce Lee to move in with Taylor’s father.
Frustrated by bike thefts that are increasing in the city and rarely solved by police, a community of about three dozen volunteer vigilantes has popped up, according to bike activist organizations and the police.
Michoacan was so dominated by a drug cartel that vigilantes took up arms in 2013 to drive them out.
Rohingya in Bangladesh refugee camps have given consistent accounts of rape and murder at the hands of the Myanmar military and Buddhist vigilantes.
Forty officers responded, a strike force dwarfed by a crowd of perhaps 3,000 vigilantes who gathered at the scene, many of them with guns in hand.
The masked vigilante, who killed Ms. Grundy and attempted murder on Fred Andrews and two teens high on Jingle Jangle, is Mr. Svenson.
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The Meaning and Origin of vigilante
Vigilante entered English in the 19th century, borrowed from the Spanish word of the same spelling which meant “watchman, guard” in that language. The Spanish word can be traced back to the Latin vigilare, meaning “to keep awake.” The earliest use of the word in English was to refer to a member of a vigilance committee, a committee organized to suppress and punish crime summarily, as when the processes of law appear inadequate. The word may often be found in an attributive role, as in the phrases “vigilante justice,” or “vigilante group.” In this slightly broadened sense it carries the suggestion of the enforcement of laws without regard to due process or the general rule of law.
Origin and Etymology of vigilante
First Known Use: 1856See Words from the same year
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