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English Dictionary: vigilance committee by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
vigilance committee
  1. a volunteer committee to maintain order where an efficient legal system does not exist
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Vigilance \Vig"i*lance\, n. [L. vigilantia: cf. F. vigilance.]
      1. The quality or state of being vigilant; forbearance of
            sleep; wakefulness.
      2. Watchfulness in respect of danger; care; caution;
            circumspection. --Cowper.
                     And flaming ministers to watch and tend Their
                     earthly charge; of these the vigilance I dread.
      3. Guard; watch. [Obs.] [bd]In at this gate none pass the
            vigilance here placed.[b8] --Milton.
      {Vigilance committee}, a volunteer committee of citizens for
            the oversight and protection of any interest, esp. one
            organized for the summary suppression and punishment of
            crime, as when the processes of law appear inadequate.
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