from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The punishment of persons suspected of crime without due process of law.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or practice by private persons of inflicting punishment for crimes or offenses, without due process of law.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the practice of punishing people by hanging without due process of law
After William Lynch (1742-1820).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)