• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lynch-law (Amer.) a kind of summary justice exercised by the people
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  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Charles Lynch (1736-96) of Virginia.


In literature:

The distinction between war, as thus duly declared, and "international Lynch-law" is too evident to need comment.
"Elements of Military Art and Science" by Henry Wager Halleck
Thank heaven, the lynch law can hold in this forsaken spot!
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
The coffee-house he kept was owned by North, who, with four others, were executed on the 5th of July, 1835, by Lynch law.
"Secret Band of Brothers" by Jonathan Harrington Green
Leonor herself the people hunted for in vain through the rooms and corridors of the palace; she escaped from their lynch law to Santarem.
"Prince Henry the Navigator, the Hero of Portugal and of Modern Discovery, 1394-1460 A.D." by C. Raymond Beazley
One of the greatest wrongs of the South is its convict lease system; and its lynch law, and its disfranchising statutes are like unto it.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
In fact, it has its origin in "Lynch Law," or the rule of the Vigilantes.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
Murders and robberies became so numerous, that the miners took to Lynch law for mutual protection.
"The Golden Dream" by R.M. Ballantyne
The application of summary punishment without authority of law is known in our country as Lynch law.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 3" by Various
Indeed, public opinion was so decidedly against me, that I felt very happy in thinking Lynch law was not a Teutonic institution.
"A Day's Ride A Life's Romance" by Charles James Lever
Why did he keep to his determination to allow no lynch law when the evil was so great and the danger so pressing?
"The Orphan" by Clarence E. Mulford
Lynch law still remains in force in all the mining districts.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 4, July, 1851" by Various
This terrible Lynch law is so called after an unfortunate man of that name, who became its first victim.
"A Lady's Captivity among Chinese Pirates in the Chinese Seas" by Fanny Loviot
Hanging by lynch-law was reserved for the two great crimes of horse-stealing and murder.
"The Graysons" by Edward Eggleston
Combined "lynch law" and imprisonment has generally been adopted with good effect.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 4" by Various
A species of lynch law had prevailed in that region for years, and the effect on the whole had made for good.
"A Claim on Klondyke" by Edward Roper
Why are citizens never justified in resorting to lynch law even when there is a flagrant miscarriage of justice?
"Government in the United States" by James Wilford Garner
A lynch law of opinion was established by common consent.
"Behind the Mirrors" by Clinton W. Gilbert
If it could be prevented, there should be no lynch law at Montbazon.
"The Maid of Honour (Vol. 3 of 3)" by Lewis Wingfield
Lynch law's good enough for them!
"Out of a Labyrinth" by Lawrence L. Lynch
Mates, in these parts it's lynch law.
"Indian and Scout" by F. S. Brereton

In poetry:

Adieu to thy stripes and thy stars,
That vauntingly float o'er the main!
Adieu to thy Lynch-laws and jars,
Thy fetters, thy charter, and chain!
"The Emigrant" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Where history's Martyr dared to break
The power that held a race in chains,
I see the ghastly lynching-stake,
Where brutal mobs their vengeance take,
And, since no law their course restrains,
Gloat o'er their writhing victim's pains.
"Fallen" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Topeka — From laws dealing with lynching to the recent smoking ban, Kansas Department of Administration Secretary Dennis Taylor on Monday said he has received hundreds of suggestions on measures to be repealed.
John Lynch is publicly signing a law that creates new rules regarding student-athletes who suffer concussions.
Lynch is signing the law Monday.
Of all the scrapes Marshawn Lynch has had with the law, the most bizarre is an incident for which he was not arrested.
This isn't easy to write, but statements have been made about New Jersey courts that need to be challenged because, if we're going to live in a society governed by law, courts should not be rhetorically lynched.
According to one view they represented lynch law and violence.
Further, the "stand your ground" law implicated in this case enables vigilantes who wish to perform private, extrajudicial executions and become a legalised lynch mob.
On Wednesday the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a right-to- work law, returning the issue to Democratic Gov John Lynch's desk for the second time in two years.