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Lynch vs. Linch: What's the Difference?

Lynch refers to extrajudicial killing, typically by a mob, while Linch is an archaic term referring to a ridge or raised strip of ground.

Lynch and Linch Definitions

Lynch

To punish (a person) without legal process or authority, especially by hanging, for a perceived offense or as an act of bigotry.

Linch

A ledge, a terrace; a right-angled projection; a lynchet.

Lynch

To execute (somebody) without a proper legal trial or procedure, especially by hanging and backed by a mob.

Linch

An acclivity; a small hill or hillock.

Lynch

To inflict punishment upon, especially death, without the forms of law, as when a mob captures and hangs a suspected person. See Lynch law.
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Linch

A ledge; a right-angled projection.

Lynch

Kill without legal sanction;
The blood-thirsty mob lynched the alleged killer of the child

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