assassin

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French assassin or Italian assassino, from either Arabic حشاشين (ḥaššāšīn, hashish users), or أساسيون (ʾasāsiyyūn).

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Noun[edit]

assassin (plural assassins)

  1. (historical) A member of a Muslim militant group responsible for murdering Christian leaders during the Crusades.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.29:
      The Assassines, a nation depending of Phœnicia, are esteemed among the Mahometists of a soveraigne devotion and puritie of maners; they hold, that the readiest and shortest way to gaine Paradise, is to kill some one of a contrary religion [...].
  2. Someone who intentionally kills a person, especially a professional who kills a public or political figure.
    • 2013 June 29, “Travels and travails”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 55: 
      Even without hovering drones, a lurking assassin, a thumping score and a denouement, the real-life story of Edward Snowden, a rogue spy on the run, could be straight out of the cinema. But, as with Hollywood, the subplots and exotic locations may distract from the real message: America’s discomfort and its foes’ glee.
  3. Any ruthless killer.

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Verb[edit]

assassin (third-person singular simple present assassins, present participle assassining, simple past and past participle assassined)

  1. (nonstandard) To assassinate.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Arabic, see above.

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Noun[edit]

assassin m (plural assassins)

  1. an assassin

Adjective[edit]

assassin m (feminine assassine, masculine plural assassins, feminine plural assassines)

  1. deadly; fatal; that kills