First attested 1835, from Lynch law that appeared in 1811. There is a popular claim that it was named after William Lynch, but equally strong arguments would have it named after Charles Lynch. For the surname, see Lynch.
- To execute (somebody) without a proper legal trial or procedure, especially by hanging and backed by a mob.
- 2018, “Europe's Flashpoints”, in Close Up — The Current Affairs Documentary, episode 2, Deutsche Welle TV, av-44888523, archived from the original on 2018-07-31, 2:12 from the start:
- Public anger erupted. Soldiers were lynched in the streets including young recruits proven to have been deceived by their generals about the true intentions of the attack.
- (execute without a proper legal trial): string up
- → Czech: lynč
- → French: lyncher
- → German: lynchen
- → Italian: linciare
- → Spanish: linchar
- → Turkish: linç
lynch (plural lynches)
- Alternative form of