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
Recent Examples of assassin from the Web
The diagonal scar on Mr Khattab’s neck is another story; assassins had planted a bomb near his house.
The story began in the winter of 1868, three years after the South had surrendered at Appomattox and an assassin’s bullet had claimed the life of President Abraham Lincoln.
Arya graduated from her assassin internship with the Faceless Men and is working on her revenge list, which happens to include the woman sitting on the Iron Throne.
But her time with them wasn't a waste—in addition to some very handy new magic assassin skills, Arya also learned a little balance.
SAN ANTONIO -- Prosecutors in Texas say an assassin and gun runner for Mexico's violent Zetas drug cartel must serve seven consecutive life terms in a U.S. prison.
Keanu Reeves returns as the world’s most talented assassin, all set to retire with his cute new dog until he gets pulled back in for ONE LAST JOB.
America is more vulnerable to assassins than most other democracies, for many reasons.
Of course, with this being a Tom Clancy thriller, Junior will wind up in the middle of a cyber-warfare operation, dodging a team of assassins and racing to get out of Singapore as a cyclone hits.
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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 1520See Words from the same year
ASSASSIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of assassin for English Language Learners
: a person who kills someone (such as a famous or important person) usually for political reasons or for money : a person who assassinates someone
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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