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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lynchingnoun

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


  1. lynchingnoun

    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. lynchingnoun

    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. Etymology: See etymology section of lynch article.


  1. Lynching

    Lynching is an extrajudicial killing by a group. It is most often used to characterize informal public executions by a mob in order to punish an alleged transgressor, punish a convicted transgressor, or intimidate people. It can also be an extreme form of informal group social control, and it is often conducted with the display of a public spectacle (often in the form of a hanging) for maximum intimidation. Instances of lynchings and similar mob violence can be found in every society.In the United States, where the word for "lynching" likely originated, lynchings of African Americans became frequent in the South during the period after the Reconstruction era, especially during the nadir of American race relations.


  1. lynching

    Lynching is a form of punishment or violence, often resulting in murder, perpetrated by a group or mob without legal authority or due process. It typically involves a form of public hanging and historically has been used to enforce social control or racial discrimination, particularly in the United States.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lynching

    of Lynch


  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lynching in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lynching in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of lynching in a Sentence

  1. Bryan Stevenson:

    The South is littered with monuments for the Civil War, but we haven’t looked at the great evil of slavery. Its aftermath morphed into terrorism of lynching.

  2. William Barber:

    The family can handle if it was a suicide, it could also be a lynching.

  3. Bernie Sanders:

    All of you are aware of the tragic history of racism in America, but for a very long time, African-Americans and their white allies came together and they struggled and they stood up for justice and they stood up to lynching and they stood up to segregation and the stood up to a nation where African-Americans couldn't even vote in America.

  4. James Cone:

    White theologians didn't say anything about lynching, i tried to find a white theologian who addressed it in a sustained way. No one did it.

  5. Lindsey Graham:

    This is a sham. This is a joke, so yeah this is a lynching, in every sense. This is un-American.

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