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The practice of lynching: "the injustices suffered by black citizens—disfranchisement, lynch law and mob rule" (Scot French).
[Probably after Charles Lynch (1736-1796), American militiaman and justice of the peace who held summary extralegal trials and whippings of supposed Tory sympathizers in Virginia during the American Revolution.]
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(Law) the practice of condemning and punishing a person by mob action without a proper trial
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the administration of summary punishment, esp. death, upon a presumed offender by a mob.
[1805–15, after the self-instituted tribunals presided over by William Lynch (1742–1820) of Pittsylvania, Va., c1776]
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