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English definition of “vigilante”

vigilante

noun [C]
 
 
/ˌvɪdʒɪˈlænti/
a member of a group of people who try to catch criminals and punish them without having any legal authorityPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beatingThe police generally
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