Definition of lynch in English:


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transitive verb

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

    ‘her father had been lynched for a crime he didn't commit’
    • ‘a city full of lynchings and riots’
    • ‘Angry mobs lynching someone suspected of murder is wrong, even if that person is actually guilty.’
    • ‘If you just grabbed an unconvicted murderer off the street and lynched him, you would be a murderer in your own right.’
    • ‘He informs her that he is buried next to Celie's mother; however, because he was lynched, there is no marker.’
    • ‘They burst into a town council meeting, grabbed their mayor, dragged him through the streets and lynched him.’
    • ‘Another theory holds that the townspeople lynched him and threw him off the bridge leading into town.’
    • ‘I'm afraid the men around him are going to lynch him.’
    • ‘Four suspects were lynched by a mob.’
    • ‘The family said authorities were too quick to rule out the possibility he was lynched.’
    • ‘We're not a community where you can lynch someone in the street.’
    • ‘The memorial recognizes all the victims of lynching .’
    • ‘Memorials honoring those enslaved and lynched are rising.’
    • ‘His grandfather was lynched and he was beaten up as a teen during the civil-rights movement.’
    • ‘Each figure was a photo of a real person who had been lynched.’
    • ‘They were still lynching people when I was there.’
    • ‘It opens with a prologue describing a lynching in early 20th century New England.’
    hang, hang by the neck
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  • 2 informal Severely criticize or condemn (someone).



/lin(t)SH/ /lɪn(t)ʃ/


Informal use of the term lynch meaning ‘severely criticize or condemn’ is increasingly regarded as insensitive or disrespectful


Mid 19th century from Lynch's law, named after Capt. William Lynch, head of a self-constituted judicial tribunal in Virginia c1780.