from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To execute without due process of law, especially to hang, as by a mob.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To execute (somebody) without a proper legal trial or procedure, especially by hanging.
- v. To commit an act of violence by a mob upon the body of another person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. kill without legal sanction
Short for lynch law.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)