- vigil mass,
- vigilance committee,
Origin of vigilante
Examples from the Web for vigilantism
And people might think twice about Zimmerman-style vigilantism in the future, she said.
But it was never a place where vigilantism ensured arbitrary enforcement of codes of behavior.Shirin Tahir-Kheli: Pakistan Is Everybody’s Problem|Shirin Tahir-Kheli|October 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They're concerned about Jones' tactics, Tangen explains, because he flirts with vigilantism and seems to court the media.
Word Origin for vigilante
"member of a vigilance committee," 1856, American English, from Spanish vigilante, literally "watchman," from Latin vigilantem (see vigilance). Vigilant man in same sense is attested from 1824 in a Missouri context. Vigilance committees kept informal rough order on the frontier or in other places where official authority was imperfect.