Part of speech: noun

The act of keeping awake; watchfulness.

Part of speech: noun

Religious devotions; usually plural.

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Usage examples "vigil":

  1. Again Clarence Vaughan bends above the couch, and then he says: " Your vigil is ended, Mrs. Ralston. - "Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter", Lawrence L. Lynch.
  2. Go to thy rest; to- night I must keep vigil alone. - "Dreamers of the Ghetto", I. Zangwill.
  3. The travellers were away a month, during which time Percy kept his lonely vigil at Clarges Street. - "A Dog with a Bad Name", Talbot Baines Reed.