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assassinate

[ uh-sas-uh-neyt ]
/ 蓹藞s忙s 蓹藢ne瑟t /
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verb (used with object), as路sas路si路nat路ed, as路sas路si路nat路ing.
to kill suddenly or secretively, especially a 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

First recorded in 1590鈥1600; assassin + -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM assassinate

as路sas路si路na路tion [uh-sas-uh-ney-shuhn] /蓹藢s忙s 蓹藞ne瑟 蕛蓹n/ nounas路sas路si路na路tive, adjectiveas路sas路si路na路tor, nounun路as路sas路si路nat路ed, adjective
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How to use assassinate in a sentence

  • His was the advice that kept Bill Clinton from unleashing hellfire on Iraq after its intelligence service had tried to assassinate Bush 41 during a visit to Kuwait.

  • Drones Change the GameWhen Obama authorized the use of an armed drone to assassinate an American citizen outside of a war zone for the first time, the rules of engagement changed forever.

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  • A human rights activist and columnist at Newsclick news website, Gautam Navlakha has been jailed since April and faces charges on alleged links to Maoist militants and being part of a conspiracy to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • Earlier this month, the Department of State criticized Saudi Arabia鈥檚 鈥渄etention鈥 of the children of a former Saudi intelligence official now in Canada who has accused Crown Prime Mohammed 鈥 better known as MBS 鈥 of trying to assassinate him.

British Dictionary definitions for assassinate

assassinate
/ (蓹藞s忙s瑟藢ne瑟t) /

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 forms of assassinate

assassination, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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