[ uh-sas-uh-neyt ]
/ əˈsæs əˌneɪt /
verb (used with object), as·sas·si·nat·ed, as·sas·si·nat·ing.
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.
SYNONYMS FOR assassinate
as·sas·si·na·tion, nounas·sas·si·na·tive, adjectiveas·sas·si·na·tor, nouncoun·ter·as·sas·si·na·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for assassinate
/ (əˈsæsɪˌneɪt) /
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
Derived Formsassassination, noun
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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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