Lynch Lynch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lynched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lynching}.] [See Note under {Lynch law}.] To inflict punishment upon, especially death, without the forms of law, as when a mob captures and hangs a suspected person. See {Lynch law}. [1913 Webster]

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  • lynching — lynch·ing n 1: the crime of lynching a person 2: lynch law Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • lynching — [n] hanging capital punishment, execution, mob justice*, stringing up*, the gallows*, vigilante justice; concept 252 …   New thesaurus

  • Lynching — Lynch mob redirects here. For the rock band, see Lynch Mob (band). For the rap group, see Da Lench Mob. An African American hanged to death in a lynching, 1925 …   Wikipedia

  • lynching — See lyncher. * * * Execution of a presumed offender by a mob without trial, under the pretense of administering justice. It sometimes involves torturing the victim and mutilating the body. Lynching has often occurred under unsettled social… …   Universalium

  • lynching — noun a) Execution of a person by mob action without due process of law, especially hanging The police with difficulty prevented the swaying mass from lynching him on the spot. mdash; Jerry Stokes by b) Any act of violence inflicted by a mob upon… …   Wiktionary

  • lynching — noun Lynching is used before these nouns: ↑victim …   Collocations dictionary

  • lynching — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. hanging, murder, necktie party (sl.); tar and feathering; mob rule, kangaroo court. See punishment, killing. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. hanging, *stringing up, *necktie party, execution, *mob… …   English dictionary for students

  • lynching — n. execution without trial; passing of a verdict without a trial; hanging of Black Americans as an act of racial violence (primarily in the South during the 1880s 1960s) lɪntʃ v. execute without a trial (especially by hanging) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lynching — n murder by mob, mob murder; hanging, Sl. stringing up, Sl. scragging, Sl. stretching, Sl. necktie party; execution; lapidation, stoning, burning, burning at the stake; martyrdom, crucifixion, impalement …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • lynching — See: lynch …   English dictionary

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