GRE Word List

VIGILANTE

one who without authority assumes law enforcement powers

The meaning of the word vigilante is one who without authority assumes law enforcement powers.

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WordMeaning
pharisaicalpertaining to the Pharisees, who paid scrupulous attention to tradition; self-righteous; hypocritical
elasticable to spring back into shape; quick to recover (as from disappointment); able to adapt to change; Ex. elastic plans; N: elastic material
lilliputianextremely small; CF. Lilliput in Gulliver's Travels
repositorystorehouse
debrisrubble; wreckage; scattered remains of something broken or destroyed
extrudeforce or push out; thrust out; shape (plastic or metal) by forcing through a die
olfactoryconcerning the sense of smell
mercurialcapricious; quick and changing; fickle; containing the element mercury; Ex. mercurial temper; CF. mood
vitrioliccausing sharp pain to the mind; caustic; corrosive; sarcastic; of vitriol; N. vitriol: sulphuric acid (which burns flesh deeply); bitterly abusive expression; caustic expression; CF. glass
nubilemarriageable; of marriageable age; CF. connubial