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- n. killing or murder for political reasons
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of assassinating; a killing by treacherous violence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of assassinating; the act, especially of a hired emissary, of killing or murdering by surprise or secret assault; murder by treacherous violence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation
- n. murder of a public figure by surprise attack
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“I find your use of the word assassination rather amusing,” snarled Rudin.
As much as he hated the notion of prolonging his exposure to those sons of bitches, once someone breathed the word assassination it all became a new ball game.
The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's most powerful Islamist political group, condemned what it called the assassination of Mr. bin Laden in a statement distributed to reporters on Monday.
Gbagbo allies say the U.N. and French forces were also involved in Wednesday's fighting as part of what they call an assassination attempt against Mr. Gbagbo, a charge that French officials deny.
This time it was what he called the assassination of Isaac.
This assassination is the earliest reply which chivalry has had to make to forbearance unmeasured and friendliness almost fraternal.
Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez said earlier this week he believes that after a winter lull, the Taliban will bring on a new strategy in the spring that probably will include what he called assassination hit teams.
He said the strategy is likely to include what he called assassination hit teams.
Yet Hazlitt also claims that the reviewers calculatingly engage in "assassination" to make money (16: 239).
So the whole tiresome rhetorical apparatus of character assassination is dutifully wheeled in.