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.
Origin and Etymology of assassinate
First Known Use: 1600
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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