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Topic: CRIME

Date: 1800-1900
Language: Spanish
Origin: 'person who keeps watch, guard', from Latin vigilans; VIGILANT

vigilante

noun
     
vig‧i‧lan‧te [countable]
SCC someone who illegally punishes criminals and tries to prevent crime, usually because they think the police are not doing this effectively
vigilantism noun [uncountable]
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