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vigilantenoun [C]

uk   /ˌvɪdʒ.ɪˈlæn.ti/ us   /ˌvɪdʒ.əˈlæn.t̬i/
a person who tries in an unofficial way to prevent crime, or to catch and punish someone who has committed a crime, especially because they do not think that official organizations, such as the police, are controlling crime effectively. Vigilantes usually join together to form groups.
vigilantism
noun [U] uk   /ˌvɪdʒ.ɪˈlæn.tɪ.zəm/ us   /ˌvɪdʒ.ɪˈlæn.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 forces obedience to the law without legal authority to do so, or a member of a group that decides to force obedience to the law without official authority
(Definition of vigilante from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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