assassinate

[uh-sas-uh-neyt]

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.

Nearby words

  1. assam states,
  2. assamese,
  3. assassin,
  4. assassin bug,
  5. assassin fly,
  6. assassination,
  7. assateague island,
  8. assault,
  9. assault and battery,
  10. assault boat

Origin of assassinate

First recorded in 1590–1600; assassin + -ate1

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for assassinate

assassinate

verb (tr)

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

assassinate

v.

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

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