A member of a self-appointed group of citizens who undertake law enforcement in their community without legal authority, typically because the legal agencies are thought to be inadequate.
- A community of spam vigilantes constantly is improving free programs such as SpamAssassin.
- Health authorities or even vigilantes ought to have shut it down years ago.
- The thugs, vigilantes and enforcers have to end their activities - and be seen to do so.
Mid 19th century: from Spanish, literally 'vigilant'.
Words that rhyme with vigilanteAlicante, andante, ante, anti, Ashanti, Bramante, Chianti, Dante, dilettante, Fante, Ferranti, infante, scanty, shanty (US chanty), spumante, Zante
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