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the lawless practice of killing by lynching
Origin of lynch lawformerly Lynch's law, after Capt. W. Lynch (1742-1820), member of a vigilance committee in Pittsylvania, Virginia (1780)
The practice of lynching: “the injustices suffered by black citizens—disfranchisement, lynch law and mob rule” (Scot French).
Origin of lynch lawProbably 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.