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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lynching(noun)

    putting a person to death by mob action without due process of law

Wiktionary

  1. lynching(Noun)

    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. uE000159354uE001 Jerry Stokes by Grant Allen

  2. lynching(Noun)

    Any act of violence inflicted by a mob upon the body of another person.

    Any act of violence inflicted by a mob upon the body of another person and from which death does not result shall constitute the crime of lynching in the second degree and shall be a felony. uE000159355uE001 South Carolina Code of Laws Section 16-3-220

  3. Origin: See etymology section of lynch article.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lynching

    of Lynch

Freebase

  1. Lynching

    Lynching is an extrajudicial execution carried out by a mob, often by hanging, but also by burning at the stake or shooting, in order to punish an alleged transgressor, or to intimidate, control, or otherwise manipulate a population of people. It is related to other means of social control that arise in communities, such as charivari, Skimmington, riding the rail, and tarring and feathering. Lynchings have been more frequent in times of social and economic tension, and have often been the means used by the politically dominant population to oppress social challengers. Lynching is sometimes mistakenly thought of as an exclusively North American activity, but it is found around the world as vigilantes act to punish people outside the rule of law; indeed, instances of it can be found in societies long antedating European settlement of North America. Violence in the United States against African Americans, especially in the South, rose in the aftermath of the Civil War, after slavery had been abolished and recently freed black men were given the right to vote. Violence rose even more at the end of the 19th century, after southern white Democrats regained their political power in the South in the 1870s. States passed new constitutions or legislation which effectively disfranchised most blacks and many poor whites, established segregation of public facilities by race, and separated blacks from common public life and facilities. Nearly 3,500 African Americans and 1,300 whites were lynched in the United States between 1882 and 1968, mostly from 1882 to 1920.

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