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Definition of lynch verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

lynch

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//lɪntʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lɪntʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lynch
BrE BrE//lɪntʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lɪntʃ//
 
he / she / it lynches
BrE BrE//ˈlɪntʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪntʃɪz//
 
past simple lynched
BrE BrE//lɪntʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lɪntʃt//
 
past participle lynched
BrE BrE//lɪntʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lɪntʃt//
 
-ing form lynching
BrE BrE//ˈlɪntʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪntʃɪŋ//
 
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lynch somebody if a crowd of people lynch somebody whom they consider guilty of a crime, they capture them, do not allow them to have a trial in court, and kill them illegally, usually by hanging See related entries: Race Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from Lynch's law, named after Capt. William Lynch, head of a self-constituted judicial tribunal in Virginia c.1780.
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