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assassinate Syllabification: as·sas·si·nate
Pronunciation: /əˈsasnˌāt/

Definition of assassinate in English:


Murder (an important person) in a surprise attack for political or religious reasons.
Example sentences
  • Political opponents were assassinated, women were raped before being mutilated and killed.
  • It was the first time in modern history a Dutch political leader was assassinated.
  • Absolutely none of which is a reason to assassinate anyone.
eliminate, execute;
informalhit, terminate, knock off


Early 17th century: from medieval Latin assassinat- 'killed', from the verb assassinare, from assassinus (see assassin).

Words that rhyme with assassinate

deracinate, fascinate

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