Assassin meaning

ə-săs'ĭn
(nonstandard) To assassinate.
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The definition of an assassin is a murderer who strikes by surprise, usually the killer of someone famous or is hired to commit murder.

An example of an assassin is James Earl Ray, who killed Martin Luther King Jr.

An example of an assassin is a person who is hired by the mafia to kill their enemies.

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One who murders by surprise attack, especially one who carries out a plot to kill a prominent person.
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A member of a militant subgroup of Ismailis that in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries carried out political assassinations directed especially against Seljuk rule.
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A murderer who strikes suddenly and by surprise.
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A person who harms or ruins someone's reputation, as by slander, vilification, etc.

A journalist who is a well-known character assassin.

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(historical) A member of a Muslim militant group responsible for murdering Christian leaders during the Crusades.
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Someone who intentionally kills a person, especially a professional who kills a public or political figure.
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Any ruthless killer.
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A member of a secret terrorist sect of Muslims of the 11th-13th cent., who killed their political enemies as a religious duty, allegedly while under the influence of hashish.
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Origin of assassin

  • French from Medieval Latin assassīnus from Arabic ḥaššāšīn pl. of ḥaššāš hashish user from ḥašīš hashish hashish
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French assassin or Italian assassino, from either Arabic حشاشين (ḥaššāšīn, “hashish users”), or أساسيون (ʾasāsiyyūn).
    From Wiktionary