Murder vs Lynching - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between murder and lynching

is that murder is (label) an act of deliberate killing of another being, especially a human while lynching is execution of a person by mob action without due process of law, especially by hanging.

As verbs the difference between murder and lynching

is that murder is to deliberately kill (a person or persons) while lynching is .



(wikipedia murder)


  • (label) An act of deliberate killing of another being, especially a human.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1927, author= F. E. Penny
  • , chapter=4, title= Pulling the Strings , passage=The case was that of a murder . It had an element of mystery about it, however, which was puzzling the authorities. A turban and loincloth soaked in blood had been found; also a staff.}}
  • * 1984 , Humphrey Carpenter, Mari Prichard, The Oxford companion to children's literature , page 275:
  • It may be guessed, indeed, that this was the original form of the story, the fairy being the addition of those who considered Jack's thefts from (and murder of) the giant to be scarcely justified without her.
  • * 2003 , Paul Ruditis, Star Trek Voyager: Companion (ISBN 0743417518), page 131:
  • Captain Sulu, who served under the legendary James T. Kirk for many years, disobeys Starfleet orders in order to try and help Kirk and another old shipmate, Dr. McCoy, who have been imprisoned for the murder of the Klingon chancellor.
  • * 2011 , Carlene Brennen, Hemingway's Cats (ISBN 1561644897), page 161:
  • Dr. Herrera also knew Hemingway had held Batista's army personally responsible for the brutal murders of his dogs, Blackie (Black Dog) and Machakos.
  • (label) The crime of deliberate killing of another human.
  • * {{quote-news, date=21 August 2012, author=Ed Pilkington, newspaper=The Guardian
  • , title= Death penalty on trial: should Reggie Clemons live or die? , passage=Reggie Clemons has one last chance to save his life. After 19 years on death row in Missouri for the murder of two young women, he has been granted a final opportunity to persuade a judge that he should be spared execution by lethal injection.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Old soldiers? , passage=Whether modern, industrial man is less or more warlike than his hunter-gatherer ancestors is impossible to determine.
  • The commission of an act which abets the commission of a crime the commission of which causes the death of a human.
  • Something terrible to endure.
  • (label) A group of crows;
  • *
  • * {{quote-book, 2001, (Daniel Handler), The Vile Village, isbn=0064408655, page=76
  • , passage=Without the murder of crows roosting in its branches, Nevermore Tree looked as bare as a skeleton.}}

    Usage notes

    * Adjectives often applied to "murder": atrocious, attempted, brutal, cold-blooded, double, heinous, horrible, premeditated, triple, terrible, unsolved.


    * (act of deliberate killing) homicide, manslaughter, assassination * (group of crows) flock

    Derived terms

    * attempted murder * cry blue murder * first-degree murder * get away with murder * mass murder * murderer * murderess * murder in the first degree * murder in the second degree * murderize * murder one * murderous * murdersome * murder weapon * murder will out * second-degree murder * wink murder


    (en verb)
  • To deliberately kill (a person or persons).
  • The woman found dead in her kitchen was murdered by her husband.
  • (transitive, sports, figuratively, colloquial) To defeat decisively.
  • Our team is going to murder them.
  • To botch or mangle
  • * {{quote-book, 1892, William Shepard Walsh, Handy-book of Literary Curiosities citation
  • , passage=Dr. Caius, the Frenchman in the play, and Evans the Welshman, "Gallia et Guallia," succeed pretty well in their efforts to murder the language.}}
  • (figuratively, colloquial) To kick someone's ass]] or [[chew out, chew someone out (used to express one’s anger at somebody).
  • He's torn my best shirt. When I see him, I'll murder him!
  • (figuratively, colloquial, British) to devour, ravish.
  • I could murder a hamburger right now.


    * (deliberately kill) assassinate, kill, massacre, slaughter * (defeat decisively) thrash, trounce, wipe the floor with * kill


    * (l) English collective nouns



    (en noun)
  • Execution of a person by mob action without due process of law, especially by hanging.
  • The police with difficulty prevented the swaying mass from lynching''' him on the spot.'' — ' Jerry Stokes by