Definitions for vigilˈvɪdʒ əl
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a period of sleeplessness
the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)
a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe
a watch kept during normal sleeping hours, especially over the body of a recently deceased or dying person
a period of observation or surveillance
the eve of some religious festival in which staying awake is part of the ritual devotions
Origin: vigile, from vigile, from vigilia, from vigil, from weg-.
abstinence from sleep, whether at a time when sleep is customary or not; the act of keeping awake, or the state of being awake, or the state of being awake; sleeplessness; wakefulness; watch
hence, devotional watching; waking for prayer, or other religious exercises
originally, the watch kept on the night before a feast
later, the day and the night preceding a feast
a religious service performed in the evening preceding a feast
Origin: [OE. vigile, L. vigilia, from vigil awake, watchful, probably akin to E. wake: cf. F. vigile. See Wake, v. i., and cf. Reveille, Surveillance, Vedette, Vegetable, Vigor.]
A vigil, from the Latin vigilia meaning wakefulness, is a period of purposeful sleeplessness, an occasion for devotional watching, or an observance. The Italian word vigilia has become generalized in this sense and means "eve".
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Is a vigil a protest? Is a rally?
We continue to request privacy in this matter, we thank everyone that supported the vigil for Bobbi Kristina. God is hearing our prayers.
This candlelight vigil and procession is to shed light on the issue of sexual violence in Sierra Leone, remember Hannah and all unnamed victims of sexual violence.
Chance does not speak essentially through words nor can it be seen in their convolution. It is the eruption of language, its sudden appearance. It's not a night twinkle with stars, an illuminated sleep, nor a drowsy vigil. It is the very edge of consciousness.
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