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What Is Lynch? Definition And Usage Of This Term

WHAT IS LYNCH – In this topic, we are going to know and learn the definition of this term and how is this term used in sentences.

What Is Lynch


The Oxford Dictionary defines the term as the following:

  • (of a mob) kill (someone), especially by hanging, for an alleged offense with or without a legal trial.

Meanwhile, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines this term as the following:

  • to put to death (as by hanging) by mob action without legal approval or permission


Here are some of the following synonyms:

  • hang
  • execute
  • put to death
  • kill
  • murder
  • string up
  • do in
  • bump off
  • knock off
  • slay
  • gibbet


It is a mid 19th century, which is from Lynch’s law, named after Capt. William Lynch, who is the head of a self-constituted judicial tribunal in Virginia c. 1780.


Here are some examples of the usage of this term:

  • Something approaching a lynch mob has been gathering against the Chancellor for even daring to consider higher interest rates.
  • They were about to lynch him when reinforcements from the army burst into the room and rescued him.
  • But after the Piedmontese defeats in Lombardy, and the armistice by which King Charles Albert abandoned Lombardy and Venetia to Austria, the Venetians attempted to lynch the royal commissioners, whose lives Manin saved with difficulty; an assembly was summoned, and a triumvirate formed with Manin at its head.
  • Through varied instruments – lynch law, popular courts, vigilance committees – order was, however, enforced, better as times went on, until there was a stable condition of things.

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