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
A drug dealer suspected of helping finance the search for a Southlake lawyer who was assassinated 2013 has been arrested by Mexican authorities, Mexican publications have reported.
Sir Doi reaches out to the samurai Shinzaemon with a secret mission: assassinate Naritsugu.
So how did this man get to the position where only an unforeseeable, last-minute schedule change kept him from assassinating Hitler and preventing the Second World War?
The reference, of course, was to actor John Wilkes Booth assassinating President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.
The rhetorical query appeared to be a reference to John Wilkes Booth, the actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.
The civil rights icon had been assassinated only months earlier.
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.
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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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