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From assassin +‎ -ate, after Middle French assassiner.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈsasɪneɪt/
  • (file)


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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Your rhymes assassinate our fame.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Milton and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Such usage as your honourable lords / Afford me, assassinated and betrayed.

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assassinate (plural assassinates)

  1. (obsolete) Assassination, murder.
  2. (obsolete) An assassin.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970:
      , vol.1, III.i.2:
      Yet again, many of them desperate hairbrains, rash, careless, fit to be assassinates, as being void of all fear and sorrow […].


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