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assassinate Line breaks: as¦sas¦sin|ate
Pronunciation: /əˈsasɪneɪt/

Definition of assassinate in English:


[with object]
Murder (an important person) for political or religious reasons: the organization’s leader had been assassinated four months before the coup
More 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.
murder, kill, execute, slaughter, butcher, liquidate, eliminate, exterminate, terminate
informal hit
literary slay


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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