Meaning of vigilante in English:


Pronunciation /ˌvɪdʒɪˈlanti/

Translate vigilante into Spanish


  • A member of a self-appointed group of citizens who undertake law enforcement in their community without legal authority, typically because the legal agencies are thought to be inadequate.

    ‘A community of spam vigilantes constantly is improving free programs such as SpamAssassin.’
    • ‘Health authorities or even vigilantes ought to have shut it down years ago.’
    • ‘The thugs, vigilantes and enforcers have to end their activities - and be seen to do so.’
    • ‘The communities around these people are not irrational vigilantes but more likely incoherent with grief.’
    • ‘A human life has been extinguished by private guards acting as vigilantes in the defense of a multimillion-dollar company.’
    • ‘The men claimed to be members of a vigilante organisation but contradicted each other as to which one.’
    • ‘Still, it was only a matter of time until someone defied the vigilantes and challenged their powers of enforcement.’
    • ‘The vigilante is either a lone-wolf cop or an aggrieved private citizen.’
    • ‘It becomes clear these men are self-styled vigilantes who are attempting to intimidate the looters and take back the goods they have stolen.’
    • ‘I will also be talking with two outspoken critics of the Minuteman Project who say the minutemen are simply vigilantes.’
    • ‘You want to take sides with the vigilantes and call them heroes.’
    • ‘Then they would not be terrorists, but vigilantes.’
    • ‘Although the details of her release are being kept a secret, her family's addresses are well-known to the media and any potential vigilantes.’
    • ‘These vigilantes are an assault on the values of Australia.’
    • ‘Asked if there was a danger that standing up and being counted could lead to vigilantism, he said that he would not advocate the use of vigilantes.’
    • ‘Many were arrested by police and others were injured by unidentified vigilantes.’
    • ‘He could have asked for something specific such as proper prosecution of the guilty and a roundup of vigilantes.’
    • ‘In other districts, vigilantes set up roadblocks and patrolled neighbourhoods to deter thieves and looters.’
    • ‘Set in a world that saw actual costumed vigilantes appear in real life as opposed to the funny books we are treated to a view of the superhero as outcast.’
    • ‘Just a few months ago the run-up to such an occasion would have had the wires of Wall Street's vigilantes humming.’


Mid 19th century from Spanish, literally ‘vigilant’.