Assassinate vs Lynch - What's the difference?
As a verb assassinate
is to murder someone, especially an important person, by a sudden or obscure attack, especially for ideological or political reasons.
As a noun assassinate
is (obsolete) assassination, murder.
As a proper noun lynch is
To murder someone, especially an important person, by a sudden or obscure attack, especially for ideological or political reasons.
* , II.29:
(figuratively) To harm, ruin, or defame severely or destroy by treachery, slander, libel, or obscure attack.
- The Assassines, a nation depending of Phœnicia, are esteemed among the Mahometists.
- Your rhymes assassinate our fame.
- Such usage as your honourable lords / Afford me, assassinated and betrayed.
(obsolete) Assassination, murder.
(obsolete) An assassin.
* , vol.1, III.i.2:
- Yet again, many of them desperate hairbrains, rash, careless, fit to be assassinates , as being void of all fear and sorrow […].
Wikipedia article on Assassins
First attested , from (Lynch law) that appeared in .
(pejorative) To execute (somebody) without a proper legal trial or procedure, especially by hanging.
* (execute without a proper legal trial) string up
* lynch mob