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vigilantenoun [C]

uk   /ˌvɪdʒ.ɪˈlæn.ti/  us   /-ˈlæn.t̬i/
a ​person who ​tries in an ​unofficial way to ​preventcrime, or to ​catch and ​punish someone who has ​committed a ​crime, ​especially because they do not ​think that ​officialorganizations, such as the ​police, are ​controllingcrimeeffectively. Vigilantes usually ​join together to ​formgroups.
vigilantism
noun [U] uk   /-tɪ.zəm/  us   /-t̬ɪ.zəm/
(Definition of vigilante from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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vigilantenoun [C]

 us   /ˌvɪdʒ·əˈlæn·ti/
a ​person who ​forcesobedience to the ​law without ​legalauthority to do so, or a ​member of a ​group that ​decides to ​forceobedience to the ​law without ​officialauthority
(Definition of vigilante from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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