Definition of assassinate
1 : to murder (a usually prominent person) by sudden or secret attack often for political reasons a plot to assassinate the governor
2 : to injure or destroy unexpectedly and treacherously assassinate a man's character
assassinationplay \-ˌsa-sə-ˈnā-shən\ noun
assassinatorplay \-ˈsa-sə-ˌnā-tər\ noun
Examples of assassinate in a Sentence
They discovered a secret plot to assassinate the governor.
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.
Recent Examples of assassinate from the Web
Mosisili’s main rival in the elections is Tom Thabane, a former prime minister who fled to South Africa in 2014, saying soldiers planned to assassinate him as part of a coup attempt.
Less than a mile away, there's the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood which marks the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in 1881.
Mr. Noriega offered to assassinate Sandinista leaders or sabotage them in exchange for Colonel North’s help in repairing Mr. Noriega’s deteriorating image in Washington.
Other dissidents have been attacked, and Rwandan authorities have been accused of hunting down dissidents and trying to assassinate them.
Kennedy served as president from January 1961 until he was assassinated Nov. 22, 1963.
Kennedy was 46 when he was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963.
Gupta is a celebrated British writer of Bengali descent whose great-uncle, Dinesh Chandra Gupta, was a revolutionary hanged in 1931 for his role in assassinating a British inspector-general of prisons.
In Frank Miller’s Dark Knight 2, Batman was depicted assassinating the president of the United States.
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Synonym Discussion of assassinate
ASSASSINATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of assassinate for English Language Learners
: to kill (someone, such as a famous or important person) usually for political reasons
ASSASSINATE Defined for Kids
Definition of assassinate for Students
: to murder a usually important person by a surprise or secret attack
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