What does assassinate mean?

assassinate meaning in General Dictionary

An assassination murder or murderous assault

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  • To kill by surprise or key attack to murder by treacherous physical violence
  • obliterate or damage really, at the time of somebody's reputation
  • murder; specifically of socially prominent people
  • To kill by shock or key attack; to murder by treacherous physical violence.
  • To assail with murderous intention; therefore, by extended meaning, to maltreat exceedingly.
  • An assassination, murder, or murderous assault.
  • An assassin.

assassinate meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1610s, from previous participle stem of Medieval Latin assassinare (identify assassin). Of reputations, figures, etc., from 1620s. Associated: Assassinated; assassinating.


assassinate meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To destroy by surprise or key assault; to murder by treacherous physical violence.

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  • (v. t.) To assail with murderous intent; therefore, by extended definition, to maltreat exceedingly.
  • (letter.) An assassination, murder, or murderous assault.
  • (n.) An assassin.

Sentence Examples with the word assassinate

Ferguson was deeply implicated in the Rye House Plot, although he asserted that he had frustrated both this and a subsequent attempt to assassinate the king, and he fled to Holland with Shaftesbury in 1682, returning to England early in 1683.

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