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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
lynch mob
▪ How is that different from a vigilante lynch mob?
▪ A new type of lynch mob is assembled.
▪ This then is recruitment in the mode of the dogcatcher or the lynch mob.
▪ Doc Holliday briefly practiced dentistry there after his escape from the Fort Griffin lynch mob.
▪ One of the city leaders was nearly lynched on Nov. 27 by a mob.
▪ A black man was lynched in Mississippi.
▪ A history of lynching has bred this reflex in her.
▪ In the course of the riot the governor of the city was lynched.
▪ Police stopped a crowd from lynching the attacker, aged 22.
▪ The people did not see the two youths - but if they saw them now they say they would lynch them.
▪ Then he lynched the doe in the trees.
▪ Wild street celebrations turned to looting and several unpopular officials were reportedly lynched.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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." Compare earlier Lydford law, from a place in Dartmoor, England, "where was held a Stannaries Court of summary jurisdiction" [Weekley], hence:\n\nLydford law: is to hang men first, and indite them afterwards.

[Thomas Blount, "Glossographia," 1656]

\nRelated: Lynched; lynching.

Etymology 1 vb. (context pejorative English) To execute (somebody) without a proper legal trial or procedure, especially by hanging. Etymology 2

n. (alternative form of linch English)


v. kill without legal sanction; "The blood-thirsty mob lynched the alleged killer of the child"

Lynch, NE -- U.S. village in Nebraska
Population (2000): 269
Housing Units (2000): 177
Land area (2000): 0.564906 sq. miles (1.463100 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.564906 sq. miles (1.463100 sq. km)
FIPS code: 29750
Located within: Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31
Location: 42.829804 N, 98.465453 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 68746
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Lynch, NE
Lynch, KY -- U.S. city in Kentucky
Population (2000): 900
Housing Units (2000): 514
Land area (2000): 0.326903 sq. miles (0.846674 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.326903 sq. miles (0.846674 sq. km)
FIPS code: 48540
Located within: Kentucky (KY), FIPS 21
Location: 36.965133 N, 82.916569 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 40855
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Lynch, KY

Lynch may refer to:

  • Lynching, also known as Lynch law, an extrajudicial execution carried out by a mob, often by hanging or other ways of execution
Lynch (surname)

Lynch is a surname of Irish and Anglo-Norman origin.

Lynch (band)

Lynch (stylized as lynch.) is a Japanese visual-kei metal band formed in 2004. The band's concept is "uniting heavy music with beautiful melodies." As of 2015, the group has released two EPs, eight albums, and 15 singles.

Lynch (TV series)

Lynch is a Colombian television series from 2012-13 starring Natalia Oreiro and Jorge Perugorría. A central character is Jerónimo Lynch, owner of the "Lynch Funeral Home", who is about to be arrested and accepts Isabel Reyes' offer to stage his death. This leads to the setting up of an enterprise staging the death of people who wish to take on a new identity.

Usage examples of "lynch".

The name of his partially duped accomplice and abettor in this last marvelous assault, is no other than PHILIP LYNCH, Editor and Proprietor of the Gold Hill News.

Parnell and spread them among three imaginary characters: Christina MacCarthy, Dacre, and Murdoch Lynch.

She sped after Billy Fuster and the others, no longer concerned about Bo getting into a fight, but worried that the peaceful town of Hayden might suddenly have a lynching on its hands.

Annette Dolphin, working with Tim Bliss, showed that, when the perforant pathway is stimulated in vivo, there is an increased release of glutamate in the hippocampus, and the biochemical mechanisms of this release were mapped in some detail by Marina Lynch.

On this basis, Lynch and Bliss were to argue, rather as Kandel had done earlier for serotonin in Aplysia, that it was presynaptic plasticity that was important for the initiation of LTP, and the postsynaptic cell was simply doing what it had to as a result of the increase in the strength of the glutamate signal it was receiving.

Teo Dagi, Walter Frey III, Chris and Christine Tesoriero, Barbara Fertig, Lori Lipsky, Kimberly Perdue, Barbara Hall, Judy Hansen, Gordon Eadon, Lee Thompson, Jeff Faville, Arthur Manson, Kevin and Nancy Erdman, Jim and Anmarie Galowski, Brooke McDonald, Betty Saif, Jim McPartlan, Gerry Barton, Pat and Terry Lynch, Mike Lynch, Dr.

Lynch was probably training antiterrorist teams somewhere, and Smithers was probably training terrorists for the CIA.

Lynch looked more distressed than before and Beryl glared at her brother.

Lamotte has told investigators that Lynch was responsible for the deaths of Midland residents Chester Sorenson and Henry Pennell, who had both learned the real source of Vasostasin.

Contemporaneously, a heated argument having arisen between Mr Delegate Madden and Mr Candidate Lynch regarding the juridical and theological dilemma created in the event of one Siamese twin predeceasing the other, the difficulty by mutual consent was referred to Mr Canvasser Bloom for instant submittal to Mr Coadjutor Deacon Dedalus.

Miss Lynch hanging the birdcage from the eaves so that the troupial could learn the recited lessons, they saw her wearing a bright-colored turban and going about her household tasks as she recited along with them in her brilliant Caribbean voice, and later they saw her sitting on the porch, reciting the afternoon psalms by herself in English.

Set-asides were conceived to help local minority-owned firms compete with underwriting giants such as Merrill Lynch.

Los Angeles, who filed a lengthy and lurid commentary on the Lynch report.

Spalding and Lynch, who had come on from Brindisi one train in advance of us, and here Martin Sullivan, who had playfully filched the horn of a guard while en route, was taken into custody by half a score of gendarmes.

I wiped the sweat from my forehead and stood there for a moment thinking about Max, thinking of the hell his childhood must have been - with no mother, the boys of Come Lucky making fun of him and tying him on to broncs and bulls, having their own cruel stampede, and then the boy killed and a girl crying Rape and the town trying to lynch him.