assassination

noun as·sas·si·na·tion \ ə-ˌsa-sə-ˈnā-shən \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of assassination

plural assassinations
1 : murder by sudden or secret attack often for political reasons : the act or an instance of assassinating someone (such as a prominent political leader)
  • the assassination of Abraham Lincoln
  • an assassination attempt
  • In medieval days, assassination by poisoning was common enough to alarm many a king, and protection was sought in the form of prayers, food tasters and science.
  • The New York Times
2 : treacherous destruction of a person's reputation
  • character assassination

First Known Use of assassination

1610


ASSASSINATION Defined for Kids

assassination

noun as·sas·si·na·tion \ ə-ˌsa-sə-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of assassination for Students

: the act of murdering a usually important person by a surprise or secret attack


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