Origins, Examples, Ideologies Of Vigilante Groups, Contemporary Vigilantism, Bibliography
The term vigilante, of Spanish origin, means "watchman" or "guard." Its Latin root is vigil, for "awake" or "observant." Vigilantes have also been known as "slickers," "stranglers," "mobs," and "committees of safety."
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