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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

Etymologies

After William Lynch (1742-1820).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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