[ linch ]
/ lɪntʃ /

verb (used with object)

to put to death, especially by hanging, by mob action and without legal authority.

Origin of lynch

1825–35, Americanism; v. use of lynch in lynch law

Related forms

lynch·er, nounan·ti·lynch·ing, adjective

Can be confused

hang lynch (see synonym study at hang)

Synonym study

See hang. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for antilynching

  • Probably the most bitter attack on the antilynching committee has come from the London Times.

    The Red Record|Ida B. Wells-Barnett
  • Antilynching leagues, societies and individuals can order books from this fund at agents' rates.

    The Red Record|Ida B. Wells-Barnett

British Dictionary definitions for antilynching (1 of 2)


/ (lɪntʃ) /


(tr) (of a mob) to punish (a person) for some supposed offence by hanging without a trial

Derived Forms

lyncher, nounlynching, noun

Word Origin for lynch

probably after Charles Lynch (1736–96), Virginia justice of the peace, who presided over extralegal trials of Tories during the American War of Independence

British Dictionary definitions for antilynching (2 of 2)


/ (lɪntʃ) /


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)
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