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verb (used with object)
to put to death, especially by hanging, by mob action and without legal authority: In the 19th and 20th centuries, thousands of southern African Americans were lynched by white mobs.
to criticize, condemn, etc., in public: He’s been unfairly lynched in the media.
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Origin of lynch
An Americanism first recorded in 1825–35; verb use of lynch in lynch law
synonym study for lynch
OTHER WORDS FROM lynchlynch·er, nounan·ti·lynch·ing, adjective
Other definitions for lynch (2 of 2)
[ linch ]
/ lɪntʃ /
John "Jack", 1917–1999, Irish political leader: prime minister 1966–73, 1977–79.
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How to use lynch in a sentence
I won’t repost the photos but Quawan Charles, a Louisiana 15 year boy was lynched.What Happened To Quawan Charles?|Joe Colucci|November 11, 2020|Essence.com
In the past year, Lynch has swelled its ranks at three times the industry average.Meet the new highest-ranking female CEO in the Fortune 500|Shawn Tully|November 7, 2020|Fortune
Lynch will be one of the highest-profile female executives in business, leading a company with a market value of more than $80 billion.Karen Lynch tapped as new CEO of CVS|Lee Clifford|November 6, 2020|Fortune
Still, Lynch was bothered by the way the judge’s story was being used by politicians.Barrett confirmation hearing day three: Barrett declines to say whether it’s wrong to separate migrant children from parents|Derek Hawkins, Seung Min Kim, Ann Marimow, Karoun Demirjian|October 14, 2020|Washington Post
Lynch is one of 31 icons being celebrated this October during LGBT History Month.Celebrating queer icons during LGBT History Month|Kathi Wolfe|October 1, 2020|Washington Blade
They say the lyncher knows that he is wrong and has been told so often enough.The Soul of John Brown|Stephen Graham
"This isn't Arizona or any other lyncher's country," said Halliday, the lawyer, making his way to the front.The World For Sale, Complete|Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for lynch (1 of 2)
/ (lɪntʃ) /
(tr) (of a mob) to punish (a person) for some supposed offence by hanging without a trial
Derived forms of lynchlyncher, 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 lynch (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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