Definition of assassinate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈsasnˌāt/


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.
murder, kill, slaughter;
eliminate, execute;
informal hit, terminate, knock off
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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