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
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.
It was crafted from brass and steel by a locksmith named John Wilkes—neither the famous member of British parliament nor the assassin of Lincoln.
Chaired by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, the commission was tasked with investigating Kennedy's assassination and the killing of his alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.
By the way, Kevin, your very sort of grounded cop character, is going to spend a fair amount of time both as an international assassin and the president of the United States.
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.
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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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