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Meaning of vigilante

vig•i•lan•te

Pronunciation: (vij"u-lan'tē), [key]
— n.
  1. a member of a vigilance committee.
  2. any person who takes the law into his or her own hands, as by avenging a crime.
—adj.
  1. done violently and summarily, without recourse to lawful procedures: vigilante justice.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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