vigil

  1. a period of sleeplessness
  2. a devotional watch (especially on the eve of a religious festival)
  3. a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe

Vigil

A vigil, from the Latin vigilia meaning wakefulness (Greek: pannychis, παννυχίς or agrypnia ἀγρυπνία), is a period of purposeful sleeplessness, an occasion for devotional watching, or an observance. The Italian word vigilia has become generalized in this sense and means `eve` (as in on the eve of the war). ==Eves of religious ce.....
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Vigil

• (v. i.) Abstinence from sleep, whether at a time when sleep is customary or not; the act of keeping awake, or the state of being awake, or the state of being awake; sleeplessness; wakefulness; watch. • (v. i.) Later, the day and the night preceding a feast. • (v. i.) Hence, devotional watching; waking for prayer, or other religious...
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vigil

1. Abstinence from sleep, whether at a time when sleep is customary or not; the act of keeping awake, or the state of being awake, or the state of being awake; sleeplessness; wakefulness; watch. 'Worn out by the labors and vigils of many months.' 'Nothing wears out a fine face like the vigils of the card table and those cutting passions which atten...
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vigil

noun a period of sleeplessness
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Vigil

[horse] Vigil (foaled 1873) was an American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse. ...
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Vigil

Vig'il noun [ Middle English vigile , Latin vigilia , from vigil awake, watchful, probably akin to English wake : confer French vigile . See Wake , intransitive verb , and confer Reveille , Surveillance , Vedette
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Vigil

To stay awake, praying, waiting for a solemn feast or a special event. The one which takes place at Easter is the vigil par excellence
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vigil

Type: Term Pronunciation: vij′ĭl Definitions: 1. A state of wakefulness or sleeplessness.
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vigil

vigil (vij'ul) [Lat.,=watch], in Christian calendars, eve of a feast, a day of penitential preparation. In ancient times worshipers gathered for vespers before a great feast and then waited outside the church until dawn for the liturgy (Mass). Traces of this practice survive in the East, but the...
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vigil

[n] - a period of sleeplessness 2. [n] - a devotional watch (especially on the eve of a religious festival)
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