noun as·sas·sin \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

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
:  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

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Rhymes with ASSASSIN

ASSASSIN Defined for Kids


noun as·sas·sin \ə-ˈsa-ˌsən\

Definition of ASSASSIN for Kids

:  someone who kills another person usually for pay or from loyalty to a cause


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