(verb) kill without legal sanction; “The blood-thirsty mob lynched the alleged killer of the child”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


lynch (third-person singular simple present lynches, present participle lynching, simple past and past participle lynched)

To execute (somebody) without a proper legal trial or procedure, especially by hanging and backed by a mob.


• (execute without a proper legal trial): string up

Etymology 2


lynch (plural lynches)

Alternative form of linch


Proper noun


A surname.

Source: Wiktionary

Lynch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lynched; p. pr. & vb. n. Lynching.] Etym: [See Note under Lynch law.]

Definition: To inflict punishment upon, especially death, without the forms of law, as when a mob captures and hangs a suspected person. See Lynch law.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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