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vigilance committee definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a volunteer committee to maintain order where an efficient legal system does not exist

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1835 a committee of vigilantes

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Vigilance Vig"i*lance, n. [L. vigilantia: cf. F. vigilance.] 1. The quality or state of being vigilant; forbearance of sleep; wakefulness. 2. Watchfulness in respect of danger; care; caution; circumspection. --Cowper. And flaming ministers to watch and tend Their earthly charge; of these the vigilance I dread. --Milton. 3. Guard; watch. [Obs.] ``In at this gate none pass the vigilance here placed.'' --Milton. Vigilance committee, a volunteer committee of citizens for the oversight and protection of any interest, esp. one organized for the summary suppression and punishment of crime, as when the processes of law appear inadequate.



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