Definition of lynch in English:

lynch

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Pronunciation: /lɪn(t)ʃ
 
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verb

[with object]
  • (Of a group of people) kill (someone) for an alleged offence without a legal trial, especially by hanging: her father had been lynched by whites (as noun lynching) in that year there were twenty-six lynchings of blacks in the USA
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    hang, hang by the neck; execute, put to death, kill, murder
    informal string up, do in, bump off, knock off
    literary slay
    rare gibbet

Derivatives

lyncher

noun
More 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.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Lynch's law, named after Capt. William Lynch, head of a self-constituted judicial tribunal in Virginia circa1780.

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