vigilante

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noun vig·i·lan·te \ˌvi-jə-ˈlan-tē\

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

vigilantism

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Examples of vigilante in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of vigilante

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


First Known Use: 1856


VIGILANTE Defined for English Language Learners

vigilante

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noun vig·i·lan·te \ˌvi-jə-ˈlan-tē\

Definition of vigilante for English Language Learners

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


VIGILANTE Defined for Kids

vigilante

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noun vig·i·lan·te \ˌvi-jə-ˈlan-tē\

Definition of vigilante for Students

  1. :  a member of a group of volunteers who are not police but who decide on their own to stop crime and punish criminals



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