What does vigil mean?

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ˈvɪdʒ əlvig·il

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vigilnoun

    a period of sleeplessness

  2. vigil, watchnoun

    the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)

  3. watch, vigilnoun

    a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe

Wiktionary

  1. vigilnoun

    a watch kept during normal sleeping hours, especially over the body of a recently deceased or dying person

    Etymology: vigile, from vigile, from vigilia, from vigil, from weg-.

  2. vigilnoun

    a period of observation or surveillance

    Etymology: vigile, from vigile, from vigilia, from vigil, from weg-.

  3. vigilnoun

    the eve of some religious festival in which staying awake is part of the ritual devotions

    Etymology: vigile, from vigile, from vigilia, from vigil, from weg-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vigilverb

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Vigilverb

    hence, devotional watching; waking for prayer, or other religious exercises

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Vigilverb

    originally, the watch kept on the night before a feast

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Vigilverb

    later, the day and the night preceding a feast

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Vigilverb

    a religious service performed in the evening preceding a feast

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  1. Vigil

    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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vigil

    vij′il, n. watching: keeping awake for religious exercises: the eve before a feast or fast day, originally kept by watching through the night.—n. Vig′ilance, wakefulness: watchfulness: circumspection: (obs.) a guard, watch.—adj. Vig′ilant, watchful: on the lookout for danger: circumspect.—n. Vigilan′te, a member of a vigilance committee.—adv. Vig′ilantly.—Vigilance committee (U.S.), an unauthorised body which, in the absence or inefficiency of regular courts, exercises legal powers of arrest, punishment, &c. in cases of gross crime: also any self-appointed association for the compulsory improvement of local morals. [Fr.,—L. vigiliavigil, awake, watchful—vigēre, to be lively.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vigil in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vigil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of vigil in a Sentence

  1. Melinda Taylor:

    For the last eight years, the UK has refused to either confirm or deny that they have received an extradition request from the US. At the same time, they have refused to provide assurances that Julian Assange will not be extradited to the US if such a request were to be received, and maintained an ever-present vigil of the Embassy, notwithstanding a UN directive to take steps to ensure Julian's immediate liberty, their silence speaks volumes, particularly in light of recent statements from Melinda Taylor officials that Julian's arrest and extradition are a priority.

  2. Kathryn Hinderaker:

    They held a vigil for the ‘death of America’.

  3. Bobby Brown:

    We continue to request privacy in this matter, we thank everyone that supported the vigil for Bobbi Kristina. God is hearing our prayers.

  4. Al Sharpton:

    Is a vigil a protest? Is a rally?

  5. Michel Foucault:

    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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