assassinate

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Etymology[edit]

From assassin +‎ -ate, after Middle French assassiner.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈsasɪneɪt/
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assassinate (third-person singular simple present assassinates, present participle assassinating, simple past and past participle assassinated)

  1. To murder someone, especially an important person, by a sudden or obscure attack, especially for ideological or political reasons. [from 17th c.]
  2. (figuratively) To harm, ruin, or defame severely or destroy by treachery, slander, libel, or obscure attack.

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assassinate (plural assassinates)

  1. (obsolete) Assassination, murder.
  2. (obsolete) An assassin.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], “Symptomes of the minde”, in The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, partition 1, section 3, member 1, subsection 2, page 164:
      Yet again, many of them deſperat hairebraines, raſh, careleſſe, fit to be Aſſaſinates, as being voide of all Feare and Sorrow []

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Verb[edit]

assassinate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of assassinare
  2. second-person plural imperative of assassinare
  3. feminine plural of assassinato