(Sp. model spelled same [vixilántes], plural of vigilante < vigilar < Latin vigilare 'to watch over or guard' plus the nominalizing suffix, -nte)
   OED: 1856. Men who organized themselves to fight crime in areas where effective law enforcement was lacking. They frequently took the law into their own hands in their efforts to suppress criminal activity and punish the alleged offender. Also known as committees of vigilance, vigilance committees, regulators.

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