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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ An alleged attempt to assassinate President Gaviria was foiled.
▪ In January 1858 an attempt was made to assassinate him as he drove with the Empress to the Opera in Paris.
▪ The danger of psychopaths who freely cross state borders to poison our medicines or to assassinate our leaders is well known.
▪ On my departure they assassinated the President.
▪ They tried to assassinate her; and killed off two of her closest political friends, Airey Neave and Ian Gow.
▪ an attempt to assassinate the Pope
▪ President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
▪ The CIA may have tried to assassinate Castro.
▪ Many people today, worldwide, remember exactly what they were doing when John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
▪ One is that a team of Army sharpshooters was sent to Memphis to assassinate King.
▪ Salinas said he had had excellent relations with two politicians who were assassinated late in his term.
▪ The latter prevailed, but on 18 March 978 was assassinated by his rival's followers at Corfe in Dorset.
▪ The plotters' failure came too late for Jumblatt: he was assassinated in March 1977, victim of yet another plot.
▪ Two weeks later they assassinated Masaryk.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Assassinate \As*sas"sin*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Assassinated; p. pr. & vb. n. Assassinating.] [LL. assassinatus, p. p. of assassinare.]

  1. To kill by surprise or secret assault; to murder by treacherous violence.

    Help, neighbors, my house is broken open by force, and I am ravished, and like to be assassinated.

  2. To assail with murderous intent; hence, by extended meaning, to maltreat exceedingly. [Archaic]

    Your rhymes assassinate our fame.

    Such usage as your honorable lords Afford me, assassinated and betrayed.

    Syn: To kill; murder; slay. See Kill.


Assassinate \As*sas"sin*ate\, n. [F. assassinat.]

  1. An assassination, murder, or murderous assault. [Obs.]

    If I had made an assassinate upon your father.
    --B. Jonson.

  2. An assassin. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1610s, from past participle stem of Medieval Latin assassinare (see assassin). Of reputations, characters, etc., from 1620s. Related: Assassinated; assassinating.


n. 1 (context obsolete English) assassination, murder. 2 (context obsolete English) An assassin. vb. 1 To murder someone, especially an important person, by a sudden or obscure attack, especially for ideological or political reasons. (from 17th c.) 2 (context figuratively English) To harm, ruin, or defame severely or destroy by treachery, slander, libel, or obscure attack.

  1. v. murder; especially of socially prominent persons; "Anwar Sadat was assassinated because many people did not like his peace politics with Israel"

  2. destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation; "He assassinated his enemy's character"

Usage examples of "assassinate".

Medini was there, and began by reproaching me with attempting to assassinate him in my own house.

He raised his hand wearily: if I would not do him the service of assassinating Perseus, at least I might leave the Queen her delusions: fact was, she did show signs of being a couple months gone again, by himself or whomever, and that condition, which given her age et cetera might as possibly be menopause, perhaps accounted for her late irrationality.

R heard my statement he said he could neither keep him in prison nor drive him out of the town unless I laid a plea before him, craving protection against this man, whom I believed to have come to Lugano with the purpose of assassinating me.

Feodor Feodorovitch, who has wished more than once to assassinate you, and who this night has opened the datcha to your assassin is your daughter.

My enemies might possibly assassinate me, and the king did not care to be constantly anxious on my account.

They plan to assassinate him on his return leg, supposing that he has gone out to get help from Sparta or to procure from Ephyra the deadly poison for his arrows that Athena had told him his father had got there.

The entire Targan revolution was hatched as a ruse to bait Staffa into range so that Bruen and this Magister Hyde could use Arta Fera to assassinate the Lord Commander?

Before I left her she said her honour obliged her to get Capsucefalo assassinated, for the wretch had wronged her beyond pardon.

Damien was a fanatic, who, with the idea of doing a good work and obtaining a heavenly reward, had tried to assassinate Louis XV.

More impatient than I can say, I raised my voice and spoke to the officer, telling him that the governor might assassinate me if he liked, but had no right to deny me pen and paper, or to deprive me of the power of sending a messenger to Paris.

The deluded man had had his horoscope drawn, and learning by it that he would be assassinated on a Friday he resolved always to shut himself up on that day.

He would have proved a good deal for many people if he had gone out on a Friday, and had chanced to have been assassinated.

The one who had taken my part, and was my friend from that moment, was the famous Winckelmann, who was unhappily assassinated at Trieste twelve years afterwards.

I felt glad that Branicki had not followed me down the stairs, for his friend Bininski had a sabre, and I should probably have been assassinated.

He acknowledged my letter, and told me how delighted he had been to receive it, after hearing the dreadful news that I had been assassinated on the borders of Catalonia at the beginning of January.