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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lynchverb

    kill without legal sanction

    "The blood-thirsty mob lynched the alleged killer of the child"


  1. lynchverb

    To execute without a proper legal trial, especially by hanging.

  2. lynchverb

    To commit an act of violence by a mob upon the body of another person.

  3. Etymology: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lynchverb

    to inflict punishment upon, especially death, without the forms of law, as when a mob captures and hangs a suspected person. See Lynch law

  2. Etymology: [See Note under Lynch law.]


  1. Lynch

    Lynch is a city in Harlan County, Kentucky, United States. It was plotted in 1917 by the US Coal and Coke Company as a company town to house workers at the company's nearby coal mines. It was named for then head of the company, Thomas Lynch. By the 1940s, Lynch had a population of more than 10,000 and had such amenities as a hospital and movie theatre. The population declined dramatically in the 1960s and 1970s as mining techniques shifted to less labor-intensive methods. In the 2010 census, the city population was 747, down from 900 in 2000. Lynch is the nearest city to Kentucky's highest point, Black Mountain, elevation 4,145. Sitting at an elevation of 1,716 feet above sea level, Lynch is Kentucky's highest incorporated city. Lynch is adjacent to Appalachia, Virginia.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lynch

    linsh, v.t. to judge and punish without the usual forms of law.—n. Lynch′-law (Amer.), a kind of summary justice exercised by the people. [From Charles Lynch (1736-96) of Virginia.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LYNCH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lynch is ranked #259 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lynch surname appeared 117,708 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 40 would have the surname Lynch.

    82.3% or 96,874 total occurrences were White.
    11.7% or 13,819 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 2,966 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 2,095 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 1,259 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 694 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lynch in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lynch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of lynch in a Sentence

  1. Ekrem Dumanli:

    I see a direct link with the elections, with the mentality of a dictatorship, someone can declare you an enemy, and lynch you with pre-prepared prosecutors and judges.

  2. Attorney General Lynch:

    He did come over and say hello, and speak to my husband and Attorney General Lynch, and talk about his grandchildren and his travels and things like that, that was the extent of that. And no discussions were held into any cases or things like that.

  3. Donald Trump:

    Comey let Clinton off the hook, the fix was final. The President Obama administration's anointed successor has had an indictment removed from Attorney General Loretta Lynch path and will now be able to glide to the rigged Democrat nomination.

  4. Quentin Tarantino:

    I love my son and have great respect for him as an artist but he is dead wrong in calling police officers, particularly in New York City where I grew up, murderers, he is a passionate man and that comes out in his art but sometimes he lets his passion blind him to the facts and to reality. I believe that is what happened when he joined in those anti-cop protests. Quentin Tarantino was speaking at a rally protesting police brutality when he said : This is not being dealt with in any way at all. That's why we are out here. If it was being dealt with, then these murdering cops would be in jail or at least be facing charges. When I see murders, I do not stand by, Quentin Tarantino added. I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers. Quentin Tarantino made his comments just days after a New York City police officer was killed in the line if duty. PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said he appreciated Tony Tarantino's comments.

  5. House Judiciary Committee:

    Lynch has no intention of answering ... even the most basic questions about the legal elements the government is obligated to prove in a criminal prosecution.

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