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Princeton's WordNet

  1. character assassination, assassination, blackwashnoun

    an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation

  2. assassinationnoun

    murder of a public figure by surprise attack


  1. assassinationnoun

    killing or murder for political reasons

    The assassination of the king occurred at night.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Assassinationnoun

    The act of assassinating; murder by violence.

    Etymology: from assassinate.

    If it were done, when ’tis done, then ’twere well
    It were done quickly: if th’ assassination
    Could trammel up the consequence, and catch,
    With its surcease, success. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The duke finish’d his course by a wicked assassination. Edward Hyde.


  1. Assassination

    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. assassination

    Assassination is the deliberate act of killing a prominent or significant individual, usually for political or ideological reasons. This act is often carried out by a surprise attack, often involving treachery or stealth, and is typically undertaken by a single individual or a small group against a high-ranking or high-profile target.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assassinationnoun

    the act of assassinating; a killing by treacherous violence


  1. Assassination

    Assassination is the murder of a prominent person or political figure by a surprise attack, usually for payment or political reasons. A person who commits such an act is called an assassin. An assassination may be prompted by religious, ideological, political, or military motives; it may be carried out for the prospect of financial gain, to avenge a grievance, or from the desire to acquire fame or notoriety.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of assassination in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of assassination in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of assassination in a Sentence

  1. Brent Bozell:

    The character assassination underway against Christians is something that five years ago was unimaginable.

  2. Le Drian:

    This was an assassination attempt.

  3. Richard Burr:

    We feel part of our responsibility is to educate the rest of the world about what's going on because it's now into character assassination of candidates.

  4. Judge Garry Orélien:

    Ariel( Henry) is connected and friends with the mastermind of the assassination. They planned it with Prime Minister. Prime Minister Henry is a prime suspect of Jovenel Moïse assassination, and Prime Minister Henry knows Jovenel Moïse assassination.

  5. John F. Kennedy, "A Thousand Days," by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr [1965]:

    If I am to die, this is the week for it. -- John F. Kennedy (to aide John McClone in response to a CIA report about rumours of an assassination plot), June 1962.

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