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Mar 26, 2019
This week’s theme
People who became verbs

This week’s words
grandisonize
lynch
galvanize
mesmerize
crusoe

lynch
A plaque memorializing the lynching of Levi Harrington
Photo: DavidMCEddy/Wikimedia


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with Anu Garg

lynch

PRONUNCIATION:
(linch)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To punish (typically, killing by hanging) for an alleged crime, without a legal trial.

ETYMOLOGY:
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.

USAGE:
“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.

See more usage examples of lynch in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. -Robert Frost, poet (26 Mar 1874-1963)

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