Origin of assassin
Examples from the Web for assassin
There was no assassin but despite the overwhelming presence of troops and FBI agents, violent incidents still occurred.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era|Gary May|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Early scenes show her in an all-white suit, ambushing an assassin.The CIA Spook Turned Comic Book Scribe: Robin Grabs a Gun in ‘Grayson’|Rich Goldstein|June 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Indeed, every Assassin's Creed game—aside from a small segment of one—has had a man as its center.
Paul Bowles put it that way in Let It Come Down, a title taken from a Shakespearean assassin just before he strikes.Susan Minot on Africa, Joseph Kony, and the Limits of Writing About Love|Lea Carpenter|February 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When her bra was cut from her body, the assassin or assassins also cut off the tab on which the tiny metal clasp was affixed.
He received the blow on his arm, grappled with the assassin, and throwing him on the ground despatched him with his own dagger.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
Here the Assassin prince became enamoured of a Mongol maiden of the very lowest class.Secret Societies of the Middle Ages|Thomas Keightley
I knew by the dog's actions that the assassin had been there, for Caesar immediately took a new trail back to the house.The Darrow Enigma|Melvin L. Severy
As has been said, the name of the assassin was John Wilkes Booth!Sketch of the life of Abraham Lincoln|Isaac Newton Arnold
All the peasants were in the league of crime and screened the assassin.Irish History and the Irish Question|Goldwin Smith
British Dictionary definitions for assassin (1 of 2)
Word Origin for assassin
British Dictionary definitions for assassin (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for assassin
1530s (in Anglo-Latin from mid-13c.), via French and Italian, from Arabic hashishiyyin "hashish-users," plural of hashishiyy, from hashish (q.v.). A fanatical Ismaili Muslim sect of the time of the Crusades, under leadership of the "Old Man of the Mountains" (translates Arabic shaik-al-jibal, name applied to Hasan ibu-al-Sabbah), with a reputation for murdering opposing leaders after intoxicating themselves by eating hashish. The plural suffix -in was mistaken in Europe for part of the word (cf. Bedouin).