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.
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Origin of assassinate
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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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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1610s, from past participle stem of Medieval Latin assassinare (see assassin). Of reputations, characters, etc., from 1620s. Related: Assassinated; assassinating.
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