- 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
Contemporary Examples of lynch
Even if they managed two or three days of hearings for Lynch, the calendar automatically goes into the following week.
But if they wait until January when the GOP is in the majority and in a position to block Lynch, will she ever even be confirmed?
That suggestion turns absurd when you consider the long list of corrupt Democrat politicians Lynch has sent to prison.For Next AG, Obama Picks a Quiet Fighter With a Heavy Punch
November 8, 2014
The Washington Post also mentioned Lynch and former Associate Attorney General Tony West as candidates on the shortlist.Obama's No-Win Attorney General Decision
October 10, 2014
So when I get caught and they take me out from the asylum to lynch me, I check myself back into the asylum.Scott Haze on Playing a Necrophiliac in ‘Child of God’ and Naked Paintballing with James Franco
August 3, 2014
Historical Examples of lynch
After all, there was no sense in making an enemy out of Lynch.
Lynch said, "I can have him there by then, and you can get together and talk."
Malone ducked past Lynch, rubbed at his chin and looked for Mike.
He looked at Lynch for a long minute, and then said: "Lieutenant—"
"And that means I'm going to have to be informed," Lynch said.
- (tr) (of a mob) to punish (a person) for some supposed offence by hanging without a trial
Word Origin for lynch
- 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)
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.