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assassination

Syllabification: as·sas·si·na·tion
Pronunciation: /əˌsasnˈāSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of assassination in English:

noun

The action of assassinating someone: the assassination of President Kennedy [as modifier]: a failed assassination attempt a wave of bombings and assassinations
More example sentences
  • We are talking of torture and extrajudicial executions or assassinations.
  • It has also raised fears that political assassinations are making a comeback as a way to eliminate opposition figures.
  • The world has witnessed innumerable political assassinations but few have had earthshaking consequences.
Synonyms
murder, killing, slaughter, homicide;
political execution, elimination
informal hit
literary slaying

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