assassination

noun
as·​sas·​si·​na·​tion | \ ə-ˌsa-sə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce assassination (audio) \
plural assassinations

Definition of assassination

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of assassination was in 1610

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“Assassination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assassination. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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assassination

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

Kids Definition of assassination

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

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