What does vigilante mean?

Definitions for vigilante
ˌvɪdʒ əˈlæn tivig·i·lante

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word vigilante.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vigilante, vigilance mannoun

    member of a vigilance committee


  1. vigilantenoun

    A person who considers it their own responsibility to uphold the law in their neighbourhood.

  2. Etymology: From vigilante, from vigilans


  1. vigilante

    Vigilantism () is the act of preventing, investigating and punishing perceived offenses and crimes without legal authority.A vigilante (from Spanish, Italian and Portuguese “vigilante”, which means "sentinel" or "watcher") is a person who practices or partakes in vigilantism, or undertakes public safety and retributive justice without commission.


  1. vigilante

    A vigilante is an individual or a group of individuals who take the law into their own hands, bypassing the legal system to enforce their own sense of justice. They typically engage in activities such as seeking out and apprehending criminals or addressing perceived wrongs in their community. Vigilante actions are typically done without legal authority, and they often involve acts of violence or intimidation.


  1. Vigilante

    A vigilante is an individual or group who undertakes law enforcement without legal authority or illegal authority.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Vigilante is ranked #31790 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Vigilante surname appeared 726 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Vigilante.

    92.9% or 675 total occurrences were White.
    3.1% or 23 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 13 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.1% or 8 total occurrences were Black.
    0.9% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vigilante in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vigilante in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of vigilante in a Sentence

  1. Andrei Pasichnik:

    Vigilante justice? No. Only the law-enforcement system has the right to that, the Cossacks ... did cooperate with us before, of course, but there were certain individuals that tried to create their mini-states.

  2. David McCallister:

    There were people that disliked the Confederate battle flag before and it appears they were just looking for some opportunity to create some kind of vigilante lynch mob calling for attacks on the Confederate battle flag wherever it be located, wherever it be displayed.

  3. Chris Phelps:

    I don't think we'd have vigilante justice out there.

  4. Pete White:

    A lot of rhetoric coming out of City Hall calls homeless people dangerous, and fuels this vigilante spirit.

  5. Judge Charles Schneider:

    I certainly don’t want this decision to be viewed as support of vigilante justice.

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    the act of carrying something
    • A. carry
    • B. inspire
    • C. accompany
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