lynch

verb
\ ˈlinch How to pronounce lynch (audio) \
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.

Other Words from lynch

lyncher noun

Examples of lynch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The very powers intended to protect Black people were being bandied about to lynch the Constitution. Maya Wiley, The New Republic, 2 May 2022 But they were not charged with a conspiracy to lynch Arbery. Maya Wiley, The New Republic, 31 Mar. 2022 Our country surely could not countenance the injuring of more than 130 police officers (including one who subsequently died) and the perfidious calls to lynch the Republican vice president and the Democratic speaker of the House. Phillip Halpern, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Dec. 2021 This summer, a mob broke into a police station on the outskirts of the capital, Islamabad, in a bid to lynch two men accused of desecrating a mosque. Sophia Saifi And Azaz Syed, CNN, 3 Dec. 2021 By the film’s end the Ku Klux Klan, in theatrically grotesque hoods, their white robes flapping with terrifying certainty, track Gus down and lynch him. Colin Grant, The New York Review of Books, 23 Apr. 2020 Last summer, Vauhxx Booker, who is Black, said that a group of white men attacked him and attempted to lynch him while at Lake Monroe on the Fourth of July. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Aug. 2021 Last month, a mob broke into a police station on the outskirts of the capital, Islamabad, in a bid to lynch two men accused of desecrating a mosque. Reuters, CNN, 4 June 2021 Local media ginned up the community, and a large white mob went to the jail to lynch him. Maria C. Hunt, House Beautiful, 1 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of lynch

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lynch

after lynch law

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“Lynch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lynch. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for lynch

lynch

transitive verb
\ ˈlinch How to pronounce lynch (audio) \

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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