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əˈsæs ɪnas·sas·sin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. assassin, assassinator, bravonoun

    a murderer (especially one who kills a prominent political figure) who kills by a surprise attack and often is hired to do the deed

    "his assassins were hunted down like animals"; "assassinators of kings and emperors"

  2. assassinnoun

    a member of a secret order of Muslims (founded in the 12th century) who terrorized and killed Christian Crusaders


  1. assassinnoun

    A member of a Muslim militant group responsible for murdering Christian leaders during the Crusades.

  2. assassinnoun

    Someone who intentionally kills a person, especially a professional who kills a public or political figure.

  3. assassinnoun

    Any ruthless killer.

  4. assassinverb

    To assassinate.

  5. Etymology: From assassin or assassino, from (haššašīn, hashish users).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ASSASSIN, Assassinatenoun

    A murderer; one that kills by treachery, or sudden violence.

    Etymology: assassin, Fr. a word brought originally from Asia, where, about the time of the holy war, there was a set of men called assassins, as is supposed for Arsacidæ, who killed any man, without regard to danger, at the command of their chief.

    In the very moment as the knight withdrew from the duke, this assassinate gave him, with a back blow, a deep wound into his left side. Henry Wotton.

    The Syrian king, who, to surprize
    One man, assassin like, had levy’d war,
    War unproclaim’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi.

    Here hir’d assassins for their gain invade,
    And treach’rous pois’ners urge their fatal trade. John Dryden, Juv.

    When she hears of a murder, she enlarges more on the guilt of the suffering person, than of the assassin. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Orestes brandish’d the revenging sword,
    Slew the dire pair, and gave to fun’ral flame
    The vile assassin, and adult’rous dame. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Useful, we grant, it serves what life requires,
    But dreadful too, the dark assassin hires. Alexander Pope, Epist. iii.


  1. assassin

    Assassination is the murder of a prominent or important person, such as a head of state, head of government, politician, world leader, member of a royal family or CEO. The murder of a celebrity, activist, or artist, though they may not have a direct role in matters of the state, may also sometimes be considered an assassination. An assassination may be prompted by political and military motives, or done for financial gain, to avenge a grievance, from a desire to acquire fame or notoriety, or because of a military, security, insurgent or secret police group's command to carry out the assassination. Acts of assassination have been performed since ancient times. A person who carries out an assassination is called an assassin or hitman.


  1. assassin

    An assassin is an individual who is skilled in carrying out targeted killings, often for political, religious, or ideological reasons, usually discreetly and covertly. They are typically trained and experienced in various methods of assassination, using tactics that may involve surprise, deception, and precision, in order to eliminate specific individuals considered as threats or targets.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assassinnoun

    one who kills, or attempts to kill, by surprise or secret assault; one who treacherously murders any one unprepared for defense

  2. Assassinverb

    to assassinate

  3. Etymology: [F. (cf. It. assassino), fr. Ar. hashishin one who has drunk of the hashish. Under its influence the Assassins of the East, followers of the Shaikh al-Jabal (Old Man of the Mountain), were said to commit the murders required by their chief.]


  1. Assassin

    Jeffrey Campbell, better known as Assassin and sometimes as Agent Sasco, Agent 006 or Agent 00, is a Jamaican dancehall deejay.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Assassin

    as-as′in, n. one who, usually for a reward, kills by surprise or secretly.—v.t. Assas′sinate, to murder by surprise or secret assault: (Milton) to maltreat: also figuratively, to destroy by treacherous means, as a reputation.—n. (obs.) one who assassinates.—ns. Assassinā′tion, secret murder; Assas′sinator. [Through Fr. or It. from Ar. hashshāshīn, 'hashish-eaters,' a military and religious order in Syria, of the 11th century, who became notorious for their secret murders in obedience to the will of their chief, and fortified themselves for their adventures by hashish, an intoxicating drug or drink made from hemp.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of assassin in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of assassin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of assassin in a Sentence

  1. Ezio Auditore da Firenze:

    you can't spell assassin without sin and twice the ass.

  2. Dave Perry:

    I don't do the sexy stuff, i don't come out and say, 'I know who the Grassy Knoll assassin is!' I'm the guy that goes into the county records building and looks up deed records. Most people don't get too wound up over that.

  3. Tyron Edwards:

    The slanderer and the assassin differ only in the weapon they use; with the one it is the dagger, with the other the tongue. The former is worse that the latter, for the last only kills the body, while the other murders the reputation.

  4. Nancy Reagan:

    Without Jerry looking out for Ronnie on March 30, 1981, I would have certainly lost my best friend and roommate to an assassin's bullet, jerry was not only one of the finest Secret Service agents to ever serve this country, but one of the most decent human beings I've ever known. He was humble but strong, reserved but confident, and blessed with a great sense of humor. It is no wonder that he and my husband got along so well.

  5. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona:

    I'm so sad to learn that Bill Badger has passed away. Bill was not only a great man and a proud Army veteran, he was a hero, on Jan. 8, 2011, Bill was wounded in the head by a bullet from the gun of my would-be assassin. Not even pausing to realize he had been injured, Bill ran towards the shooter and towards danger so that he could help subdue him until the authorities arrived. I believe that Bill helped save lives that morning. And I will always be grateful to him for his selfless, brave actions. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with Bill's loved ones as they mourn the loss of a great man.

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