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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

vigilant

\VIJ-uh-luhnt\ , adjective;
1.
keenly watchful to detect danger; wary: a vigilant sentry.
2.
ever awake and alert; sleeplessly watchful.
Quotes:
She would have to remain vigilant: yes, vigilant against herself, vigilant against her own mind and the tricks it played!
-- Stavros Stavros, The Sentimentalist, 2010
But no one ever dreams of being sober and vigilant at the right time, so the organization, like many larger such, is a broken reed.
-- Hugh Stowell Scott, The Sowers, 1896
Origin:
Vigilant has been around in English since the 1400s. It comes from the Latin vigilāre meaning "to be watchful."
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