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Origin of lynch law
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Example sentences from the Web for lynch law
Well have lynch-law here in just about ten minutes, if you aint spry.A Singular Life|Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Lynch-law reached its height in the late eighties and early nineties.Following the Color Line|Ray Stannard Baker
Much may be said in favor of Goldwin Smith's quotation, "that there are communities in which lynch-law is better than any other."The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 4|Various
Placerville itself was formerly known as Hangtown, on account of its being the city in which lynch-law was inaugurated.Greater Britain|Charles Wentworth Dilke
Mob′-law, lynch-law; Moboc′racy, rule or ascendency exercised by the mob; Mob′ocrat, a demagogue.
British Dictionary definitions for lynch law
Cultural definitions for lynch law
The punishment of supposed criminals, especially by hanging, by agreement of a crowd and without a genuine criminal trial. Lynch law was used in the early settlement of the West as a way of maintaining minimal law and order before a sheriff and courts could be set up. It has also been used to deprive unpopular suspects of their rights and to satisfy a mob's thirst for vengeance. Lynch law was often used by whites in the South to terrorize and subjugate blacks.