assassin

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noun as·sas·sin \ə-ˈsa-sən\

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 English Language Learners

assassin

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noun as·sas·sin \ə-ˈsa-sən\

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

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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