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assassinate

[uh-sas-uh-neyt]
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verb (used with object), as·sas·si·nat·ed, as·sas·si·nat·ing.
  1. to kill suddenly or secretively, especially a politically prominent person; murder premeditatedly and treacherously.
  2. to destroy or harm treacherously and viciously: to assassinate a person's character.
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Origin of assassinate

First recorded in 1590–1600; assassin + -ate1
Related formsas·sas·si·na·tion, nounas·sas·si·na·tive, adjectiveas·sas·si·na·tor, nouncoun·ter·as·sas·si·na·tion, nounun·as·sas·si·nat·ed, adjective

Synonyms

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1. slay.
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Examples from the Web for assassinator

Historical Examples

  • Gin you met this ganglin' assassinator, wha'd be for maister?

    The Best Short Stories of 1917

    Various

  • I think that the firing that was done could have been done with the type gun that they say the assassinator used.

    Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy


British Dictionary definitions for assassinator

assassinate

verb (tr)
  1. to murder (a person, esp a public or political figure), usually by a surprise attack
  2. to ruin or harm (a person's reputation, etc) by slander
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Derived Formsassassination, noun
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Word Origin and History for assassinator

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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