Assassinate meaning

ə-săs'ə-nāt'
Assassinate is defined as the act of killing someone (usually a famous person) deliberately, or the act of killing someone after being hired to do so.

An example of assassinate is pulling the trigger on a gun to kill a President.

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The definition of assassinate is to harm or destroy an idea or someone's reputation.

An example of assassinate is when a local school teacher looses his job after someone tells the community of the teacher's past history of theft.

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To murder (a prominent person) by surprise attack, as for political reasons.
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To destroy or injure treacherously.

Assassinate a rival's character.

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To murder (esp. a politically important or prominent person) by surprise attack, usually for payment or from zealous belief.
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To harm or ruin (someone's reputation, etc.), as by slander, vilification, etc.
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To murder someone, especially an important person, by a sudden or obscure attack, especially for ideological or political reasons. [from 17th c.]
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(figuratively) To harm, ruin, or defame severely or destroy by treachery, slander, libel, or obscure attack.
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(obsolete) Assassination, murder.
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(obsolete) An assassin.
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Origin of assassinate

  • From assassin +‎ -ate, after Middle French assassiner.
    From Wiktionary