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
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 in a sentence
John Wilkes Booth was the assassin of Abraham Lincoln.
<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
Definition of assassin for Students
: someone who kills another person usually for pay or from loyalty to a cause
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