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lynch

[ linch ]
/ lɪntʃ /
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verb (used with object)

to put to death, especially by hanging, by mob action and without legal authority.

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lymphotoxin, lymphotrophic, lynagh, lynbrook, lyncean, lynch, lynch law, lynch, jack, lynchburg, lynchet, lynching

Origin of lynch

1825–35, Americanism; v. use of lynch in lynch law
Related formslynch·er, nounan·ti·lynch·ing, adjective
Can be confusedhang lynch (see synonym study at hang)

Synonym study

See hang.
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British Dictionary definitions for lynching (1 of 2)

lynch

/ (lɪntʃ) /

verb

(tr) (of a mob) to punish (a person) for some supposed offence by hanging without a trial
Derived Formslyncher, 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 lynching (2 of 2)

Lynch

/ (lɪntʃ) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for lynching

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