\ ˈlinch \
lynched; lynching; lynches

Definition of lynch 

transitive verb

: to put to death (as by hanging) by mob action without legal approval or permission The accused killer was lynched by an angry mob.

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Other Words from lynch

lyncher noun

Examples of lynch in a Sentence

The accused killer was lynched by an angry mob.

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You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate, rather than hung from a tree. Fox News, "Reps. Meadows, Jordan call on Rosenstein to testify," 27 Sep. 2018 Twenty-one-year-old black men in America, now they’ve been lynched in another kind of way. New York Times, "Their Ancestors Were on Opposite Sides of a Lynching. Now, They’re Friends.," 4 May 2018 Billed as the first of its kind, the memorial that opened last month names 4,400 known African-Americans lynched during a 70-year reign of racial terror beginning in 1877. Mark Curnutte,, "Confederate anger, geography led to 8 lynchings in Boone County in 1870s and 1880s," 30 Apr. 2018 And for that, her kin hunted him down, kidnapped and lynched him before binding his body to a 75-pound cotton gin fan with barbed wire and throwing him into the Tallahatchie River. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Funeral for Emmett Till, lynched in 1955, unfolds every day in the nation’s capital," 12 July 2018 From the Cincinnati Enquirer:Six blacks lynched near Cincinnati among 4,400 named at a new memorial Then the mob went for 16-year-old Cameron. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Last-known lynching in Indiana included in National Memorial for Peace and Justice," 27 Apr. 2018 The Equal Justice Initiative reports more than 4,300 African Americans were lynched by 1950. Jim Axelrod, CBS News, "Great-grandson of lynching victim faces the past: "This is American history"," 9 Apr. 2018 One of the black men accused of the crime was beaten and lynched. Aaron Kessler, CNN, "Stacey Abrams won the Georgia county once known for being all white," 23 May 2018 Anderson's name and those of four additional Boone County victims are missing from the roll of African-Americans lynched across the United States from 1877 through 1950. Mark Curnutte,, "Was man lynched in retribution for banker's death a drifter or man resented for success?," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of lynch

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lynch

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English Language Learners Definition of lynch

: to kill (someone) illegally as punishment for a crime

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Legal Definition of lynch 

: to put to death (as by hanging) by mob action without legal sanction

Other Words from lynch

lyncher noun

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