- to put to death, especially by hanging, by mob action and without legal authority.
Origin of lynch
Examples from the Web for lynching
Another one of her signature songs, “Strange Fruit,” about lynching, was a direct challenge to the racial order of the day.Audra for the Win: Why Audra McDonald Must Win Tony for Best Actress
June 7, 2014
I paled and decided this was the end for me, but instead of a lynching I got a round of applause at the end.Punks, UFOs, and Heroin: How ‘Liquid Sky’ Became a Cult Movie
June 2, 2014
Leaving things to the Spirit can turn a property dispute into a lynching.Bible Passages that Could Get You Killed
February 18, 2014
The lynching is a composite of numerous lynchings and violence against Negroes in the area in those years and years to follow.The Devil and Woodrow Wilson: An Interview With Joyce Carol Oates
March 19, 2013
Boko Haram has condemned the lynching, which gained national prominence after a web video surfaced of the gruesome act.Nigeria’s Most Sadistic Killers: Why Is Boko Haram Not Designated a Terrorist Group?
October 16, 2012
An attempt at lynching was made in San Francisco about the same time.
They wanted a lynching, and no argument would dissuade them.The Night Riders
And now fear began to seize the survivors of that lynching party.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
The subject of lynching the fiends,—Walling and Jackson—was freely discussed.
Lynching was one of the reasons most often given as a cause of the migration.Negro Migration during the War
Emmett J. Scott
- (tr) (of a mob) to punish (a person) for some supposed offence by hanging without a trial
- 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)
Word Origin and History for lynching
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.