verb (used with object)
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|Daniel Gross|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Daniel Genis|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Leaving things to the Spirit can turn a property dispute into a lynching.
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?|Eli Lake|October 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Delve deeper and you run up against the social profanity that was lynching.What Got George Zimmerman Charged With Second-Degree Murder|Jelani Cobb|April 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
This half-hearted defence gave courage to those who took the high ground that the time for lynching had gone by.The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop|Hamlin Garland
It seems rather strange that lynching crowds allow themselves to be photographed.
It was then conveyed to the bank of the Roanoke, about two miles from the scene of the lynching.The Red Record|Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Lynching seems often to be due to puritanical fervor, and is compatible with a type of religiosity.
Worse than anything else, however, was the matter of lynching.A Social History of The American Negro|Benjamin Brawley
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Word Origin for lynch
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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.