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
On April 4, 1918, a crowd of drunken people lynched a German American named Robert Prager in Collinsville, Illinois.
America was the place where nearly 4,000 of our fellow citizens were lynched, 540 alone in Louisiana; where the courts enshrined ‘
America was the place where nearly 4,000 of our fellow citizens were lynched, 540 alone in Louisiana; where the courts enshrined 'separate but equal'; where Freedom riders coming to New Orleans were beaten to a bloody pulp.
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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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