from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Execution of a person by mob action without due process of law, especially hanging
- n. Any act of violence inflicted by a mob upon the body of another person.
- v. Present participle of lynch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of executing lynch-law upon a person; the killing of a person by a mob under pretense of summary justice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. putting a person to death by mob action without due process of law
That is why so many took to the social networks and used the term lynching without apology.
COOPER: Roland, Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush used the term lynching today.
COOPER: Roland, the Illinois congressman Bobby Rush used the term lynching today.
The term lynching means to put to death (as by hanging) by mob action without legal sanction.
What with all the blather about litmus tests, I just hope that the President will not nominate another fool who thinks that a lynching is an event that its victim walks awayfrom.
AMANPOUR: Nobody would condone what you described as the lynching this morning.
This attempted media "lynching" is getting way out of hand.
A lynching is not an event that the subject thereof walks away from.
A lynching is not something that its victim walks away from under his own power.
He could appoint the second SCOTUS member who thinks a lynching is something that its victim walks away from.