Definition of lynch in English:
(Of a mob) kill (someone), especially by hanging, for an alleged offense with or without a legal trial.
- Angry mobs lynching someone suspected of murder is wrong, even if that person is actually guilty.
- Blake was accused of killing his wife, and they want to lynch him.
- If you just grabbed an unconvicted murderer off the street and lynched him, you would be a murderer in your own right.
mid 19th century: from Lynch's law, early form of lynch law 'the practice of killing an alleged criminal by lynching', named after Capt. William Lynch, head of a self-constituted judicial tribunal in Virginia circa1780.
- Example sentences
- Likewise, the collective anonymity of the executioners ensured that few lynchers were ever prosecuted.
- But federal investigations into lynchings could only concentrate on trying to prove that the lynchers had violated their victims' civil rights.
- In effect, lynchers could go about their horrific deeds with the protection of the law and little fear of retribution.