assassinatrix

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English[edit]

L’Assassinat de Marat (The Assassination of Marat, 1860) by Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry, collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France. It depicts the assassinatrix Charlotte Corday after she stabbed Jean-Paul Marat to death in his bath on 13 July 1793. Marat was a leader of the radical Jacobin Club which had played a key role in the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution.

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assassinator +‎ -rix.

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assassinatrix ‎(plural assassinatrices)

  1. (rare) A female assassin.
    • 1881, Leonard A. Montefiore, Essays and Letters Contributed to Various Periodicals between September 1877 and August 1879, together with Some Unpublished Fragments, London: [s.n.], OCLC 842165, page xlvi:
      The young Socialists had glorified Vera Sassoulitsch, the Russian would-be assassinatrix.

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