- to put to death, especially by hanging, by mob action and without legal authority.
Origin of lynch
- JohnJack, 1917–1999, Irish political leader: prime minister 1966–73, 1977–79.
Examples from the Web for lynch
Lynch was surely not afraid of showing disrespect to the mayor.
Lynch kept gazing straight ahead as De Blasio joined Bratton at the other end of the color guard.
One question was why Lynch did not think this was also true of cops who turned their backs earlier on Sunday.
Lynch stayed in the street, exchanging greetings with cops who had been in formation and were now streaming past.
And that would have been the moment for Lynch to turn his back.
Still one cannot deny that fancy is too prominent in Mr. Lynch's writings.A Dish Of Orts
God help us, for I don't see any safety for this country 'cept Judge Lynch.Southern Lights and Shadows
In another country we know Judge Lynch would preside at their trial.Australia Revenged
But spite of all your tricks, it Is not in you Judge Lynch to do.The Bon Gaultier Ballads
William Edmonstoune Aytoun
After all, there was no sense in making an enemy out of Lynch.Out Like a Light
Gordon Randall Garrett
- (tr) (of a mob) to punish (a person) for some supposed offence by hanging without a trial
- David. born 1946, US film director; his work includes the films Eraserhead (1977), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Mulholland Drive (2001), and Inland Empire (2006), and the television series Twin Peaks (1990)
- John, known as Jack Lynch. 1917–99, Irish statesman; prime minister of the Republic of Ireland (1966–73; 1977–79)
Word Origin and History for lynch
1835, from earlier Lynch law (1811), likely named after William Lynch (1742-1820) of Pittsylvania, Virginia, who c.1780 led a vigilance committee to keep order there during the Revolution. Other sources trace the name to Charles Lynch (1736-1796) a Virginia magistrate who fined and imprisoned Tories in his district c.1782, but the connection to him is less likely. Originally any sort of summary justice, especially by flogging; narrowing of focus to "extralegal execution by hanging" is 20c. Lynch mob is attested from 1838. The surname is perhaps from Irish Loingseach "sailor." Cf. earlier Lydford law, from a place in Dartmoor, England, "where was held a Stannaries Court of summary jurisdiction" [Weekley], hence:
Lydford law: is to hang men first, and indite them afterwards. [Thomas Blount, "Glossographia," 1656]
Related: Lynched; lynching.