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see synonyms of vigil


1. vigil

a period of sleeplessness

2. vigil, watch

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

3. vigil, watch

a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of vigil
a purposeful watch maintained, esp at night, to guard, observe, pray, etc
the period of such a watch
3. Roman Catholic Church, Church of England
the eve of certain major festivals, formerly observed as a night spent in prayer: often marked by fasting and abstinence and a special Mass and divine office
a period of sleeplessness; insomnia

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see synonyms of vigil
a purposeful or watchful staying awake during the usual hours of sleep
a watch kept, or the period of this
2.  Ecclesiastical
the evening or day before a festival, or the devotional services held then

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of vigil
a. A watch kept during normal sleeping hours.
b. The act or a period of observing; surveillance.
2. The eve of a religious festival observed by staying awake as a devotional exercise.
3. often vigils Ritual devotions observed on the eve of a holy day.
4. A public assembly convened, often at night, as a political protest or in support of a cause.

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