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assassinate

Syllabification: as·sas·si·nate
Pronunciation: /əˈsasnˌāt
 
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Definition of assassinate in English:

verb

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.
Synonyms
eliminate, execute;
liquidate
informal hit, terminate, knock off
literary slay

Origin

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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