- The definition of a vigilante is a person who takes the law into his or her own hands.
An example of a vigilante is a person who makes it his mission to kill murderers.
- a member of a vigilance committee
- any individual who acts outside of legal authority, often violently, to punish or avenge a crime, right a perceived wrong, etc.
Origin of vigilanteSpanish watchman, origin, originally , vigilant
Origin of vigilanteSpanish, watchman, vigilante, from Latin vigilāns, vigilant-, present participle of vigilāre, to be watchful, from vigil, watchful; see weg- in Indo-European roots.
- vig′i·lan′tism , vig′i·lan′te·ism
vigilante - Computer Definition
A word of Spanish origin meaning “watchman” or “guard.” The Latin root is vigil, which means to be awake or to be observant. Today, when an individual takes the law into his or her hands, he or she is said to be partaking in vigilante activities, or vigilantism. The phrase “taking the law into your own hands” describes what some refer to as a “secret police force.” Vigilantes appear in the real world and in the virtual world.
North Carolina Wesleyan College. Vigilantism, Vigilante Justice, and Victim Self-help. [Online, July 17, 2004.] North Carolina Wesleyan College Website. http://faculty.ncwc .edu/toconnor/300/300lect10.htm.