Murder (an important person) in a surprise attack for political or religious reasons.
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.
early 17th century: from medieval Latin assassinat- 'killed', from the verb assassinare, from assassinus (see assassin).