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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
verb tr.: To punish (typically, killing by hanging) for an alleged crime, without a legal trial.
After Captain William Lynch (1742-1820) of Pittsylvania, Virginia, who was the head of a vigilante group. Some have attributed the term to Charles Lynch (1736-1796), a Virginia magistrate. Earliest documented use: 1836.
“In August a mob there [in Shashamane, Ethiopia] lynched a man wrongly suspected of carrying a bomb.”
A Colourful Revolution; The Economist (London, UK); Dec 8, 2018.
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