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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When the officers got out, they were met by a group of cholera vigilantes who seized their guns and their truck, attacked two policemen, and forced the whole group to flee on foot.
The killings were variously blamed on Mafia vendettas, black vigilantes, a bootleggers war and the drug trade.
In Bangladesh, atheist writers have been hacked to death by machete-wielding vigilantes.
In England, rumors that German spies had established secret Zeppelin hangars on British soil led vigilantes to scour the countryside.
The killings occurred at a time of revolution in Mexico and violence along the Rio Grande fueled by bandits, vigilantes and men wearing badges.
At no point does the show bother to show us how Thomas de Geest got from the cabin to Flemish vigilante.
A half-dozen or so drivers even slowed down to issue their thanks to the vigilantes.
The scenes are reminiscent of a 2013-2014 fight between vigilantes and drug cartels in Michoacan.
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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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