Definition of assassinate in English:


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


[with object]
  • Murder (an important person) for political or religious reasons: the organization’s leader had been assassinated four months before the coup
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    • 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).

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