Definition of lynch
: to put to death (as by hanging) by mob action without legal approval or permission The accused killer was lynched by an angry mob.
Examples of lynch in a Sentence
The accused killer was lynched by an angry mob.
Recent Examples of lynch from the Web
The death in April of Mashal Khan, a Pakistani college student brutally lynched by his fellow students after being spuriously tagged as a blasphemer, made global headlines.
Men were lynched; women were thrown off bridges; children were thrown into fires.
Blacks were also lynched in other areas of the city.
And an honorary mention to the lesbian group whose Dyke March in Chicago banned a rainbow flag with the Star of David on it — while hailing Muslim countries where gay people are lucky not to be lynched every day.
My grandmother was born in the Mississippi Delta, picked cotton, and had a male cousin who was lynched.
The marker commemorates Till, a black teenager who was kidnapped and lynched in 1955.
Till was kidnapped and lynched in Money, Mississippi, in 1955 after the incident at the Bryant Grocery store.
The marker remembers black teenager Emmett Till, who was kidnapped before being lynched in 1955.
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Origin and Etymology of lynch
First Known Use: 1835See Words from the same year
LYNCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lynch for English Language Learners
: to kill (someone) illegally as punishment for a crime
Legal Definition of lynch
: to put to death (as by hanging) by mob action without legal sanction
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