An assassination murder or murderous assault
- 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.
1610s, from previous participle stem of Medieval Latin assassinare (identify assassin). Of reputations, figures, etc., from 1620s. Associated: Assassinated; assassinating.
(v. t.) To destroy by surprise or key assault; to murder by treacherous physical violence.
- (v. t.) To assail with murderous intent; therefore, by extended definition, to maltreat exceedingly.
- (letter.) An assassination, murder, or murderous assault.
- (n.) An assassin.
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.