assassin

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

as·sas·sin

noun \ə-ˈsa-sən\

: a person who kills someone (such as a famous or important person) usually for political reasons or for money : a person who assassinates someone

Full Definition of ASSASSIN

1
capitalized :  a member of a Shia Muslim sect who at the time of the Crusades was sent out on a suicidal mission to murder prominent enemies
2
:  a person who commits murder; especially :  one who murders a politically important person either for hire or from fanatical motives

Examples of ASSASSIN

  1. John Wilkes Booth was the assassin of Abraham Lincoln.
  2. <shot down by an unknown assassin>

Origin of ASSASSIN

Medieval Latin assassinus, from Arabic ḥashshāshīn, plural of ḥashshāsh worthless person, literally, hashish user, from hashīsh hashish
First Known Use: circa 1520

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin

Rhymes with ASSASSIN

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: assassinate
Previous Word in the Dictionary: assart (noun)
All Words Near: assassin

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up assassin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More