Meaning of VIGILANTE in English

[vig.i.lan.te] n [Sp, watchman, guard, fr. vigilante vigilant, fr. L vigilant-, vigilans] (1865): a member of a volunteer committee organized to suppress and punish crime summarily (as when the processes of law appear inadequate); broadly: a self-appointed doer of justice -- vig.i.lan.tism n

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