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I find the idea of vigilante justice very attractive. I like the idea that the murderer decides that this person has gone too far, and nothing will happen to him unless she does something to stop him.
Donna Leon

Meaning of "vigilante" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD VIGILANTE

From Spanish, from Latin vigilāre to keep watch.
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PRONUNCIATION OF VIGILANTE

vigilante  [ˌvɪdʒɪˈlæntɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF VIGILANTE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Vigilante is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES VIGILANTE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Vigilante

A vigilante (/ˌvɪdʒɪˈlænti/, /ˌvɪdʒɪˈlænteɪ/; Spanish: ; Portuguese: , ) is a member of a self-appointed group that undertakes law enforcement without legal authority.

Definition of vigilante in the English dictionary

The definition of vigilante in the dictionary is one of an organized group of citizens who take upon themselves the protection of their district, properties, etc. Other definition of vigilante is Also called: vigilance man a member of a vigilance committee.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH VIGILANTE


Alicante
ˌælɪˈkæntɪ
ante
ˈæntɪ
anti
ˈæntɪ
Ashanti
əˈʃæntɪ
avanti
æˈvæntɪ
chianti
kɪˈæntɪ
Dante
ˈdæntɪ
Durante
dəˈræntɪ
Fanti
ˈfæntɪ
infante
ɪnˈfæntɪ
janty
ˈdʒæntɪ
meranti
mɪˈræntɪ
panty
ˈpæntɪ
pesante
pəˈzæntɪ
scanty
ˈskæntɪ
shanty
ˈʃæntɪ
spumante
spuːˈmæntɪ
volante
vɒˈlæntɪ
Ypsilanti
ˌɪpsɪˈlæntɪ
Zante
ˈzæntɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE VIGILANTE

vig
viga
vigesimal
vigia
vigil
vigil light
Vigil Mass
vigilance
vigilance committee
vigilance man
vigilant
vigilantism
vigilantly
vigilantness
vigintillion
vigneron
vignette
vignetter
vignetting
vignettist

WORDS THAT END LIKE VIGILANTE

andante
bacchante
bandeirante
Bramante
concertante
confidante
courante
croquante
debutante
dilettante
ex ante
flamboyante
governante
intrigante
Marie Galante
picante
poste restante
Rosinante
suivante
up the ante

Synonyms and antonyms of vigilante in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «vigilante» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF VIGILANTE

Find out the translation of vigilante to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of vigilante from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «vigilante» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

> 联防队员
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

vecino que se organiza en grupo para vigilar y proteger su barrio de posibles criminales
570 millions of speakers

English

vigilante
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

सजग
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الاقتصاص
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

бдительности
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

membro de um grupo não oficial de vigilantes
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কোনও নজরদার কমিটির সদস্য
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

membre d´un groupe d´autodéfense
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Vigilante
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Mitglied einer Bürgerwehr
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

自警団
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

자경단원
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Vigilante
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

cảnh vệ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கண்காணிப்பாளராக
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

सावध
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

huzuru sağlamak için kurulan yasadışı örgüt üyesi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

membro di un gruppo volontario di cittadini che sorvegliano un quartiere in assenza di forze di polizia
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Vigilante
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

пильності
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

vigilante
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

vigilante
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vigilante
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

vigilantet
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

Vigilante
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of vigilante

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «VIGILANTE»

The term «vigilante» is quite widely used and occupies the 24.664 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «VIGILANTE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «vigilante» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «vigilante» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about vigilante

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4 QUOTES WITH «VIGILANTE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word vigilante.
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Vin Diesel
It would be flattering to call it a modern Dirty Harry, but I think this film deals more with the loss of his wife than the traditional revenge vigilante films.
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Donna Leon
I find the idea of vigilante justice very attractive. I like the idea that the murderer decides that this person has gone too far, and nothing will happen to him unless she does something to stop him.
3
David Lloyd
When we were talking about this, an idea for this master vigilante, it was an urban guerilla. One of my ideas was that he would be a member of the police force who turned on the government.
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Anita Roddick
Since the governments are in the pockets of businesses, who's going to control this most powerful institution? Business is more powerful than politics, and it's more powerful than religion. So it's going to have to be the vigilante consumer.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «VIGILANTE»

Discover the use of vigilante in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to vigilante and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Vigilante
As murders and emails continue to climb, the two men join forces in bringing the killer to justice. But whose justice will prevail in the end? Theirs, or the Vigilante's?
Claude Bouchard, 2009
2
Vigilante
He will do anything in the name of self-promotion. If a detective got in his way, would he be prepared to kill? In this new novel, Scully will have to risk everything save himself and the job he loves.
Stephen J. Cannell, 2011
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RA-5C Vigilante Units in Combat
This volume includes compelling accounts of combat missions over key communist targets, where crews dodged Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) and anti-aircraft fire to secure all-important mission photographs.
Robert R Powell, 2012
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Vigilante (Jessica Daniel Book 2)
Dead bodies are piling up for Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel.
Kerry Wilkinson, 2012
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Vigilante (Dangerous Times Collection Book #3)
Nolan Gray is an elite soldier, skilled in all forms of combat.
Robin Parrish, 2011
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Vigilante Run
The hunt for a killer on a rampage of revenge in upstate New York leads Mack Bolan to a nest of criminals.
Don Pendleton, 2014
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Vigilante, Inc.
Vigilante, Inc. chronicles the life and times of Xavier Key, the world's richest man, as he fights against individuals, groups, and even nations that want to either ruin him, kill him or take his companies away from him.He forms a company ...
Stephen R. Pell, 2011
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Vigilante newspapers: a tale of sex, religion, and murder in ...
This riveting work of social history documents the role the news media played in spurring two murders revolving around Edmund Creffield, a charismatic "Holy Roller" evangelist who arrived in Corvallis, Oregon, in 1903 and quickly enraged ...
Gerald J. Baldasty, 2010
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Vigilante: A Major Ariane Kedros Novel
Amidst an uneasy peace between the Autonomists and the Terrans, Major Ariane Kedros and her partner, Matthew Journey, have discovered alien ruins on a remote planet?ruins that bear evidence to an ancient and highly advanced technology.
Laura E. Reeve, 2009
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The Vigilante's Bride
Robbing a stagecoach on Christmas Eve and kidnapping a woman passenger is the last thing Luke Sullivan expects to do.
Yvonne Harris, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «VIGILANTE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term vigilante is used in the context of the following news items.
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'Cartel Land' shows good and bad of vigilantes in Mexico, US
What viewers later learn is how such drug production became deeply intertwined with the vigilante movement that emerged in 2013 and 2014 to oust the ... «U.S. News & World Report, Jul 15»
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Everything you need to know about Daredevil's new vigilante Punisher
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are getting the hero they've been clamouring for as The Punisher makes his return to screens in season two of Daredevil. «Digital Spy UK, Jun 15»
3
Vigilante paedophile hunters beat up 'despicable' pervert who went …
A 'despicable' paedophile who booked a hotel to have sex with a 14-year-old girl was instead beaten up by an angry vigilante mob. Andrew O'Neill groomed the ... «mirror.co.uk, May 15»
4
Wigan 'vigilante' attacks: Second man arrested
A second suspected paedophile hunter has been arrested on suspicion of tracking down and attacking alleged sex offenders. The 53-year-old was held on ... «BBC News, Apr 15»
5
Mexican vigilante leaders give themselves up after gun battle
Vigilante leader Luis Antonio Torres waves from inside a military helicopter as he and other vigilantes voluntarily surrender to state authorities. Photograph: ... «The Guardian, Dec 14»
6
Mexico vigilantes in deadly shoot-out in Michoacan
At least 11 people have been killed in clashes between rival vigilante groups in Michoacan state, western Mexico. The two groups confronted each other in the ... «BBC News, Dec 14»
7
The Paedophile Hunter: the psychology of vigilantism
There is – and has always been – a paradox at the heart of vigilantism. ... Indeed, fictional portrayals of vigilante justice can give an interesting insight into the ... «The Independent, Oct 14»
8
Mexico vigilante leader Jose Manuel Mireles arrested
One of Mexico's main vigilante leaders has been arrested for carrying unauthorised weapons, officials say. Jose Manuel Mireles was held in the western state of ... «BBC News, Jun 14»
9
Brutal Vigilante Attack On Roma Teen Shocks France
A vigilante attack against a Roma teenager has shocked France and put pressure on the French government to improve conditions for the ethnic minority. «NPR, Jun 14»
10
French vigilante beating leaves Roma teenager in a coma
A vigilante attack that left a Roma teenager bleeding and unconscious in a supermarket trolley by the side of a Paris road was condemned by President Francois ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jun 14»

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« EDUCALINGO. Vigilante [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/vigilante>. Dec 2022 ».
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