- to kill suddenly or secretively, especially a politically prominent person; murder premeditatedly and treacherously.
- to destroy or harm treacherously and viciously: to assassinate a person's character.
Origin of assassinate
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- to murder (a person, esp a public or political figure), usually by a surprise attack
- to ruin or harm (a person's reputation, etc) by slander
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Word Origin and History for assassinate
1610s, from past participle stem of Medieval Latin assassinare (see assassin). Of reputations, characters, etc., from 1620s. Related: Assassinated; assassinating.
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