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An individual(who without legal authority) takes the law into their own hands in order to suppress criminal activity with violent tactics
This vigilante act is capitalizing on ceasing crimes faster that the police.
by The real Jester August 05, 2016
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Paper product used as a barrier against unwanted messes, such as the liner at the bottom of a bird cage.
Please put a New York Times under that before it gets all over the place.
by Phaedrus331 February 12, 2021
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Doing good while being bad
The vigilante killed a weapons dealer to save innocent lives
by Tyranasourasprick March 19, 2018
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na na na na na BATMAN......

Basically, when law enforcement is doing a shit job beacuse....

A) There is to much crime

B) They are confined by the law in some way

C) They are corrupt

D) They are stupid and just don't care

Someone rises above all the bullshit and beats the ever living fuck out of the "bad guys" AKA criminals and yes this includes woman... I don't want to be sexist. I mean seriously? Haley Quinn anyone?

They rescue the victims, and disappear into the shadows. Like BATMAN!!!!! ;)
The new vigilante of malunaga city saves New Westford bank after attempted robbery. The police having arrived to the crime with all attackers knocked out and restrained. No causality's and no serious injury's thanks to our new hero ehhem vigilante!
by sora redhood September 22, 2018
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Individual who decides to take the law into his or her own hands. Usually due to incompetence by autority or individuals who can't deal with the issue.
A vigilante decided to kill the leaders of two dangerous gangs so the neighborhood is safer for children.
by Brian April 13, 2005
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An outlaw who punishes lawbreakers personally and illegally instead or relying on the inadequate law enforcers of society.
A vigilante could be either a robin hood-ish rescuer of the weak and destitute, a suspect-zero-ish killer of other killers, or a borderline insane killer of "bad people" (se7en).
They say Batman is nothing more than a vigilante. I say, what's so bad about that? Gotham's never felt so safe.
by D-Vo January 21, 2006
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The one who will mend what has fallen apart when the laws of man have become obsolete with bloated bureaucracy and only serve the rich and powerful.
He used the ground and powdered bones of the rich as mortar for the bricks that built housing for the poor. What a vigilante.
by The Messenger April 15, 2005
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