vigilantism :

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vi juh lan ti zuhm

  • n  the actions of a vigilance committee in trying to enforce the laws

  • But in the latest episode of muscle-flexing, China's bloggers have gone beyond puerile vigilantism.
  • But vigilantism is a risky business, particularly when it carries an odor of race baiting.
  • Mobs with pitchforks, vigilantism, frontier justice all seem sweaty and coarse compared with the men in powdered wigs duly processing the law.
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  • Janet Murguia in
    We see the Minutemen as an extremist group that espouses hate and vigilantism and some violence,Murguia said last week. "A member of such a group, no matter how upstanding in other ways, should have no place representing Kansas City."
  • Helen Zille in Independent Online
    And that was precisely what the Imam was trying to do - prevent vigilantism and violence,said Zille. "And with these kinds of objectives I and my organisation [The DA] can certainly associate."
  • Dennis Kucinich in Houston Chronicle
    Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich said, "We don't encourage vigilantism in this country."

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