The act of assassinating a killing by treacherous assault
- murder of a public figure by surprise attack
- an attack designed to ruin a person's reputation
- The act of assassinating; a killing by treacherous violence.
Murder committed for hire, without provocation or cause of resentment provided to the murderer by the person upon whom the criminal activity is dedicated. Ersk. Inst. 4, 4, 4."i. A murder committed treacherously, or by stealth or shock, or by lying in hold off.
c.1600, noun of activity from assassinate (v.).
(n.) The act of assassinating; a killing by treacherous violence.
By dint of playing off his enemies against each other and by means of treachery, assassination and hard fighting, Sivaji won for the Mahrattas practical supremacy in western India.