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VIGIL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vigil mean? 

VIGIL (noun)
  The noun VIGIL has 3 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: VIGIL used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


VIGIL (noun)


Sense 1vigil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A period of sleeplessness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("vigil" is a kind of...):

wakefulness (a periodic state during which you are conscious and aware of the world)


Sense 2vigil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

vigil; watch

Hypernyms ("vigil" is a kind of...):

religious rite; rite (an established ceremony prescribed by a religion)

Domain category:

faith; religion; religious belief (a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "vigil"):

viewing; wake (a vigil held over a corpse the night before burial)

agrypnia (a vigil before certain feasts (as e.g. Easter))


Sense 3vigil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A purposeful surveillance to guard or observe

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

vigil; watch

Hypernyms ("vigil" is a kind of...):

surveillance (close observation of a person or group (usually by the police))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "vigil"):

continuous receiver watch; listening watch (a watch established for the reception of traffic of interest to the unit maintaining the watch)

spying (keeping a secret or furtive watch)


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