Lynch law
Lynch law Lynch" law` . The act or practice by private persons of inflicting punishment for crimes or offenses, without due process of law. [1913 Webster]

Note: The term Lynch law is said to be derived from a Virginian named Lynch, who took the law into his own hands. But the origin of the term is very doubtful. [1913 Webster]


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  • lynch law — n [after William Lynch (1742–1820), American vigilante]: the punishment of presumed crimes usu. by death without due process of law Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. lynch law …   Law dictionary

  • lynch law — ☆ lynch law n. [formerly Lynch s law, after Capt. W. Lynch (1742 1820), member of a vigilance committee in Pittsylvania, Virginia (1780)] the lawless practice of killing by lynching …   English World dictionary

  • Lynch Law — (engl., spr. Lintsch Lah, Lynch Gesetz, Lynch Justiz, Lynchen), eine summarische Volksjustiz, bes. in den Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika, darin bestehend, daß das Volk den, welcher seinen Haß sich zugezogen hat (namentlich Wilddiebe, Kuppler …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • lynch law — lynch′ law n. the administration of summary punishment, esp. death, upon a presumed offender by a mob • Etymology: 1805–15, after the self instituted tribunals presided over by William Lynch (1742–1820) of Pittsylvania, Va., c1776 …   From formal English to slang

  • lynch-law — lynchˈ law noun • • • Main Entry: ↑lynch …   Useful english dictionary

  • lynch law — англ. (линч лоу) суд (закон) Линча. Толковый словарь иностранных слов Л. П. Крысина. М: Русский язык, 1998 …   Словарь иностранных слов русского языка

  • lynch law — /ˈlɪntʃ lɔ/ (say linch law) noun the administration of summary punishment, especially death, upon an offender (actual or reputed) by private persons acting in concert without authority of law. {originally Lynch s law; named after Captain William… …   Australian English dictionary

  • LYNCH LAW —    the name given in America to the trial and punishment of offenders without form of law, or by mob law; derived from the name of a man Lynch, dubbed Judge, who being referred to used to administer justice in the far West in this informal way …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • lynch law — noun Etymology: William Lynch died 1820 American vigilante Date: 1811 the punishment of presumed crimes or offenses usually by death without due process of law …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lynch law — the administration of summary punishment, esp. death, upon a suspected, accused, or convicted person by a mob acting without legal process or authority. [1805 15, Amer.; after the self instituted tribunals presided over by William Lynch (1742… …   Universalium

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