American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To execute without due process of law, especially to hang, as by a mob.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See linch.
- To punish by lynch-law; punish summarily, for a crime or public offense of any kind, without authority of law; specifically, to punish with death in this manner. See lynch-law.
- v. pejorative To execute (somebody) without a proper legal trial or procedure, especially by hanging.
- v. pejorative To commit an act of violence by a mob upon the body of another person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To inflict punishment upon, especially death, without the forms of law, as when a mob captures and hangs a suspected person. See lynch law.
- v. kill without legal sanction
- First attested 1835, from Lynch law that appeared in 1811. There is a popular claim that it was named after William Lynch, but equally strong arguments would have it named after Charles Lynch. (Wiktionary)
- Short for lynch law. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Did you just use the term lynch in relation to this election?”
“As has been recently shown the term lynch law originated during the revolution and was taken from the name of the brother of the man who founded Lynchburgh in Virginia.”
“White was convicted of manslaughter for shooting one of the teenagers at the foot of White's driveway, in what he referred to as a lynch mob.”
“White was convicted of manslaughter for shooting one of the teenagers in what he referred to as a lynch mob.”
“The illustration and the headline "Caught In A Noose" dealt with the story about Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tillman, her use of the word lynch and comments about Tiger Woods.”
“A lot of them feel hurt, embarrassed, a lot of people have lived in fear because of what I call lynch mobs with pitchforks. ”
“Don't let PA - Bucks County as the "lynch" - pin - become the Florida or Ohio of 2008 ... and actually far worse”
“Granted, it is not unusual for America to "lynch" - black men literally and figuratively just because they exist.”
“Thu 09/24/09 1: 22 AM this was hilarious, jane lynch is awesome and the kurt character (awww), can’t wait for next week, not sure i like the whole pregnancy thing but i’ll give it a chance, keeps getting better!!!!!!!”
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