vigilante

(redirected from Vigilantes)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

vigilante

n. someone who takes the law into his/her own hands by trying and/or punishing another person without any legal authority. In the 1800s groups of vigilantes dispensed "frontier justice" by holding trials of accused horse-thieves, rustlers and shooters, and then promptly hanging the accused if "convicted." A mother who shoots the alleged molester of her child is a vigilante.

References in periodicals archive ?
He said, The vigilantes have been contacted to provide surveillance and security to teachers and pupils in all schools to prevent schools' attack like what happened in Yobe.
In many instances, Associated Press reporters have witnessed federal forces stand on the sidelines while the ''self-defense'' forces routed the cartel, and occasionally even aid the vigilantes by conducting joint patrols and manning highway checkpoints together.
Vigilante attacks are common in South Africa townships with residents complaining that police do not adequately tackle criminal violence themselves.
Media reports said groups armed with high-powered rifles and grenades attacked vigilante checkpoints early Sunday.
25 ( ANI ): Sex pests on the trouble-torn streets of Cairo are being targeted by vigilante gangs who are on defence of women.
Jeb Middlebrook, a University of Southern California criminologist and sociologist, explains the phenomenon of vigilante justice that seems to be growing.
Triumphant members of the vigilante mob waited calmly by the couple's smouldering bodies until a police mortuary van arrived to collect them five hours later.
HE calls himself the Longbridge Vigilante - and he is waging a one-man crusade against graffiti vandals.
A young man who was only on the sex register because he had slept with his girlfriend two weeks before she turned 16 was murdered by a crazed vigilante who also killed another man on the list.
THE alliance between blacks and the vigilante group the Minutemen is very similar to the alliance between black Christian evangelicals and white Christian evangelicals on the issue of gay civil rights.
It appears to be a vigilante attack in response to the potential conduct of her son.