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vi juhl

  • n  a period of sleeplessness
  • n  the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)
  • n  a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe

  • Keeping vigil outside Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch for nearly a month, Sheehan became a folksy celebrity: a hero to some and a villain to others.
  • One speaker at the vigil was Wyoming's former Senator Alan Simpson, a Republican.
  • Ordinary Iranians join candlelit vigil to honor America's dead.
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  • President Bush in FOXNews
    You soothe the pain and fear of patients, you console families who keep constant vigil over their loved ones, you share the joy of a neurology patient's first recovered words and an amputee's first steps,Bush said at the groundbreaking...
  • Pope Benedict XVI in International Herald Tribune
    This is the joy of the Easter Vigil: we are free,Benedict said in his homily. "In the resurrection of Jesus, love has been shown to be stronger than death, stronger than evil."
  • Elvis Presley in
    It's official - this is the biggest Elvis week and the biggest candlelight vigil ever,Tom Morgan, executive director of Elvis Presley Enterprises said as he opened the ceremonies.

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