vigilance committee

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vigilance committee a volunteer committee to maintain order where an efficient legal system does not exist
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • 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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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Vigilance committee (U.S.) an unauthorised body which, in the absence or inefficiency of regular courts, exercises legal powers of arrest, punishment, &c. in cases of gross crime: also any self-appointed association for the compulsory improvement of local morals
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. vigiliavigil, awake, watchful—vigēre, to be lively.

Usage

In literature:

The "Committee of Vigilance" of San Francisco was made up of men from all walks of life and all political parties.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
At the beginning of his career he was active in opposing the vigilance committees organized to harry anti-slavery men.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
The horrible thought of the vigilance committee turned me sick.
"The Other Side of the Door" by Lucia Chamberlain
The business was in charge of a vigilance committee of sixty.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
The miners, however, kept up Vigilance Committees, the main purpose of which was to check thefts.
"Peeps At Many Lands: Australia" by Frank Fox
He was a member of the National Vigilance Committee for the Suppression of the White Slave Traffic.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
At once the vigilance committee arose, and took the case in hand.
"How to Cook Husbands" by Elizabeth Strong Worthington
There in the first burst of the early days the vigilance committee used to hold its hangings.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
A Vigilance Committee took affairs into its own hands, and administered justice without fear or favor.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Law, except as executed by a vigilance committee, did not amount to much more than the word.
"Dangers of the Trail in 1865" by Charles E Young
A few residents formed themselves into a vigilance committee.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
Not content with this the Vigilance Committee riddled the man's body full of bullets.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
An hour or more passed and there was no sign that the vigilance committee had survived the fervors of the afternoon.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
Git up a Vigilance Committee.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
And a Committee of Vigilance would be appointed to ensure its effectual working.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
Things had reached a pass where a vigilance committee appeared to be the appropriate climax.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
Men spoke of a vigilance committee.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
He told me what he had done, and that the Vigilance Committee were on his track.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 29, May 1893" by Various
The Committee on the Water Supply, and the Sub-Vigilance Committee stood, much depressed, before their superior officer.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 8" by Various
The city had good government for twenty years after the operations of that Vigilance Committee.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
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In news:

Latest News What's New Jewelers Vigilance Committee publishes new guide on FTC Platinum Amendments.
City looks to create permanent memorial on First Street beach, not by the pier, while committee plans Oct 11 candlelight vigil.
Latest News What's New Jewelers Vigilance Committee launches JVC Forms Bank.
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