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assassin

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noun as·sas·sin \ə-ˈsa-sən\

Simple Definition of assassin

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of assassin

  1. 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. 2 :  a person who commits murder; especially :  one who murders a politically important person either for hire or from fanatical motives

Examples of assassin in a sentence

  1. John Wilkes Booth was the assassin of Abraham Lincoln.

  2. <shot down by an unknown assassin>



Origin and Etymology of assassin

Medieval Latin assassinus, from Arabic ḥashshāshīn, plural of ḥashshāsh worthless person, literally, hashish user, from hashīsh hashish


First Known Use: circa 1520


ASSASSIN Defined for Kids

assassin

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noun as·sas·sin \ə-ˈsa-ˌsən\

Definition of assassin for Students

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





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