MEANING: verb tr.: To kill by mob violence.

ETYMOLOGY: After brothers, Johan and Cornelius De Witt, Dutch statesmen, who were killed by a mob on Aug 20, 1672. Earliest documented use: 1689.

NOTES: Today’s word has a better-known synonym: lynch. While the word lynch is coined after the perpetrator of such extra-judicial killing (Captain William Lynch), the word dewitt is coined after people who were the object of such violence.

DEWI TIT - after frolicking in the morning grass, the tiny songbird is wet

DE WIDT - side-to-side dimension, analogous to the up-and-down dimension (de hite)

DEE ITT - another cousin in the Addams Family