assassination








verb (used with object), as·sas·si·nat·ed, as·sas·si·nat·ing.

  1. to kill suddenly or secretively, especially a politically prominent person; murder premeditatedly and treacherously.
  2. to destroy or harm treacherously and viciously: to assassinate a person’s character.

verb (tr)

  1. to murder (a person, esp a public or political figure), usually by a surprise attack
  2. to ruin or harm (a person’s reputation, etc) by slander
n.

c.1600, noun of action from assassinate (v.).

v.

1610s, from past participle stem of Medieval Latin assassinare (see assassin). Of reputations, characters, etc., from 1620s. Related: Assassinated; assassinating.

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