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vigilance committee a group of citizens that illegally assumes authority to punish crime because of dissatisfaction with or absence of the usual law-enforcement agencies.
vigilant keenly alert and attentive; watchful, esp. for danger.
vigilante one who seeks to avenge a crime or injury or punish a criminal without legal authority or due process.
vigilantism a set of attitudes characteristic of vigilantes, such as lawlessness, violence, and suspiciousness.
vignette a brief written or musical sketch, or brief film scene, that describes or characterizes a person, incident, situation, or the like. [5 definitions]
vigor intensity or force. [3 definitions]
vigorous characterized by vigor. [2 definitions]
vigour a spelling of vigor used in Canada and Britain. See vigor for more information.
Viking (sometimes l.c.) any of the Scandinavian sea warriors and traders who were active from around A.D. 700 to 1100. The Vikings raided the coasts of Europe and settled parts of Britain, western Europe, Russia, and elsewhere. [2 definitions]
Vila the capital of Vanuatu.
vile extremely bad, disgusting, or unpleasant. [4 definitions]
vilify to speak ill of; denounce; defame.
villa a country house or estate, esp. a large and luxurious one.
village a small town or community, usu. in a rural area. [2 definitions]
villager one who lives in a village.
villain a vile or evil person; scoundrel. [4 definitions]
villainous of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a villain; wicked or malicious. [2 definitions]
villainy the behavior or attitudes of a villain; wickedness, cruelty, or malice. [2 definitions]
-ville city, town, or village.
villein in the feudal system, one who was a serf to his lord but had the rights and legal status of a freeman otherwise.
villus any hairlike process on certain mucous membranes of the body that absorb nutrients, secrete mucus, or exchange materials, as in the small intestine or the mammalian placenta. [2 definitions]