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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.

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. Thomas Doherty:

    I don't think the funeral will be the last great global event of the television era, but, alas, the great global TV events of the future will probably be disasters : an assassination, a terrorist attack, a deliberate or accidental nuclear event, a huge natural disaster, a pandemic, a coup in a major North American democracy — something everyone will have to watch.

  2. Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman:

    We've heard black lives matter ; all lives matter. Well cops' lives matter too, at any point where the rhetoric ramps up to the point where calculated cold-blooded assassination of police officers happen( s), this rhetoric has gotten out of control.

  3. Stephen Fagin:

    The Kennedy assassination is viewed as this watershed moment, and so it has that symbolic significance attached to it, which lends itself very well as the backdrop to a comic book, to a science fiction television show, to a feature film, because it does provide that gateway into a distinct moment in time that instantly defines the culture of the era.

  4. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney:

    I think candidates for office, particularly for president, should not demonize an entire group of Americans because of the actions of a violent criminal with a deranged view of what the Quran teaches -- and I also think it's particularly irresponsible to try and score political points off the attempted assassination of a Philadelphia police officer.

  5. Ken Goldin:

    These are items that relate mostly to the assassination of President Kennedy with a couple of others just relating to his tenure as president of the United States.

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    (law) the act of substituting of one creditor for another
    • A. defilement
    • B. fervidness
    • C. subrogation
    • D. slur

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