[ linch ]
/ lɪntʃ /
verb (used with object)
to put to death, especially by hanging, by mob action and without legal authority.
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Origin of lynch
1825–35, Americanism; v. use of lynch in lynch law
synonym study for lynch
OTHER WORDS FROM lynchlynch·er, nounan·ti·lynch·ing, adjective
Words nearby lynch
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British Dictionary definitions for lyncher (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 lyncher (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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