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
Last week, the series’s penultimate episode thrust Kevin (Justin Theroux) into a political thriller, starring as both the president of the United States and his would-be assassin.
While Philippine police and plainclothes assassins conduct daily raids in some of the Philippines’ poorest communities, often shooting to kill, the ICC operates over a span of years.
The movies, which took audiences deep into a worldwide society of assassins, have also been a hit with critics.
Jordan's legendary drive, competitiveness and assassin-like performances will stand the test of time forevermore.
What if potential blackmailers or assassins could pinpoint the location of executives and other leaders?
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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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