Vigilance committee

Vigilance committee
Vigilance Vig"i*lance, n. [L. vigilantia: cf. F. vigilance.] 1. The quality or state of being vigilant; forbearance of sleep; wakefulness. [1913 Webster]

2. Watchfulness in respect of danger; care; caution; circumspection. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

And flaming ministers to watch and tend Their earthly charge; of these the vigilance I dread. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Guard; watch. [Obs.] ``In at this gate none pass the vigilance here placed.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Vigilance committee}, a volunteer committee of citizens for the oversight and protection of any interest, esp. one organized for the summary suppression and punishment of crime, as when the processes of law appear inadequate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • vigilance committee — noun Date: 1835 a committee of vigilantes …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • vigilance committee — police force composed of volunteers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • vigilance committee — noun US a group of vigilantes …   English new terms dictionary

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