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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Rights monitors and fleeing Rohingya say the Army and Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes have mounted a campaign of arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population.
Seasoned cow smugglers fire pistols and pelt rocks when confronted, police and vigilantes said.
Refugees say the military and Buddhist vigilantes have attacked villages, stabbing and shooting people, and burning homes.
The drugs war, a central plank of Duterte's election campaign, has so far seen at least 12,000 people killed by police and vigilantes, according to nongovernmental agencies.
In that, more than 2,800 died in three months at the hands of police and vigilantes, and officials were threatened with punishment for failing to meet targets for seizures and arrests.
The purse snatcher fled down the alley toward Dryades Street, where he was knocked to the ground by one of the vigilantes.
Several soldiers and police officials also have been thrashed by vigilantes.
Detroit arson investigators believe the vigilante held the woman at the scene at gunpoint.
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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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