from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To murder (a prominent person) by surprise attack, as for political reasons.
  • transitive verb To destroy or injure treacherously.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To kill or attempt to kill by surprise or secret assault; murder by sudden or treacherous violence.
  • To assault; maltreat.
  • Figuratively, to blight or destroy treacherously; overthrow by foul or unfair means: as, to assassinate a person's character or reputation.
  • To commit murder by assassination.
  • noun Assassination; murderous assault.
  • noun An assassin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete An assassination, murder, or murderous assault.
  • noun obsolete An assassin.
  • transitive verb To kill by surprise or secret assault; to murder by treacherous violence.
  • transitive verb Archaic To assail with murderous intent; hence, by extended meaning, to maltreat exceedingly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb figuratively To harm, ruin, or defame severely or destroy by treachery, slander, libel, or obscure attack.
  • noun obsolete Assassination, murder.
  • noun obsolete An assassin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb murder; especially of socially prominent persons
  • verb destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From assassin +‎ -ate, after Middle French assassiner.


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