Definition of assassin in English:

assassin

Line breaks: as¦sas|sin
Pronunciation: /əˈsasɪn
 
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noun

  • 2 (Assassin) A member of the Nizari branch of Ismaili Muslims at the time of the Crusades, when the newly established sect ruled part of northern Persia (1094–1256). They were renowned as militant fanatics, and were popularly reputed to use hashish before going on murder missions.
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    • In the 11 th century in the Middle East the Shiite sect known as the Assassins would eat hashish before murdering civilian foes.
    • In June, the Sultan had an Assassin try to murder Prince Edward.
    • The Muslim Cult of Assassins of the 12th and 13th centuries, like the Jewish Zealots of the 1st, have been enrolled for this genealogical purpose.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French, or from medieval Latin assassinus, from Arabic ḥašīšī 'hashish-eater'.

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