assassinate

Definitions

  • Pinocchio Escapes from his Assassins
    Pinocchio Escapes from his Assassins
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v assassinate destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation "He assassinated his enemy's character"
    • v assassinate murder; especially of socially prominent persons "Anwar Sadat was assassinated because many people did not like his peace politics with Israel"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word assassination was invented by William Shakespeare
    • Assassinate An assassin.
    • Assassinate An assassination, murder, or murderous assault. "If I had made an assassinate upon your father."
    • Assassinate To assail with murderous intent; hence, by extended meaning, to maltreat exceedingly. "Your rhymes assassinate our fame.""Such usage as your honorable lords
      Afford me, assassinated and betrayed."
    • Assassinate To kill by surprise or secret assault; to murder by treacherous violence. "Help, neighbors, my house is broken open by force, and I am ravished, and like to be assassinated ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Shakespeare invented the word "assassination" and "bump."
    • assassinate To kill or attempt to kill by surprise or secret assault; murder by sudden or treacherous violence.
    • assassinate To assault; maltreat.
    • assassinate Figuratively, to blight or destroy treacherously; overthrow by foul or unfair means: as, to assassinate a person's character or reputation. Synonyms Slay, Murder, etc. See kill.
    • assassinate To commit murder by assassination.
    • n assassinate Assassination; murderous assault.
    • n assassinate An assassin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Army doctor D.W. Bliss attended to two presidents after they were shot by assassins. In 1865 he was one of the 16 doctors who tried to save Abraham Lincoln. In 1881 he supervised the care of James Garfield.
    • v.t Assassinate to murder by surprise or secret assault:
    • v.t Assassinate (Milton) to maltreat: also figuratively, to destroy by treacherous means, as a reputation
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Quotations

  • European Court Cliche
    European Court Cliche
    “Assassination is the perquisite of princes.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
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    “Assassination has never changed the history of the world.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.”
  • Herbert Clark Hoover
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    “Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.”
  • Albert Camus
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    “Whoever today speaks of human existence in terms of power, efficiency, and historical tasks is an actual or potential assassin.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. assassinatus, p. p. of assassinare,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. or It. from Ar. hashshāshīn, 'hashish-eaters,' a military and religious order in Syria, of the 11th century, who became notorious for their secret murders in obedience to the will of their chief, and fortified themselves for their adventures by hashish, an intoxicating drug or drink made from hemp.

Usage

In literature:

Tem's dream was to become a member of the Assassin's Guild.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
A Bedouin Arab was sent by Abu Sofian to Medina to assassinate Mohammad.
"A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihád'" by Moulavi Gerágh Ali
Know that stilettoes can here be purchased cheaply, with the arms of assassins to use them.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
We were shewn the chamber in which the celebrated Duke of Guise was assassinated, and the guide pointed out the spot on which he fell.
"Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808" by Lt-Col. Pinkney
Upon the assassination of President Lincoln in April 1865 the Vice-President, Andrew Johnson, became President.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
His purpose was to get the assassin or assassins as far as possible into the room and close to the bed.
"The Dictator" by Justin McCarthy
The responsibility for the assassinations was placed by the Council upon Tarrano.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
In the meantime the President had been assassinated, Richmond taken, and Lee's army surrendered.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
His father was denounced in the Chamber of Peers as a traitor and an assassin.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
But thus denouncing men as criminals who fled for safety from the sabres of assassins, was adding oil to the fire of persecution.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
After him came Alexander, son of the assassinated Kara George.
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1" by Henry Baerlein
Free-soil Democrats were there to punish the assassins of Silas Wright.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
This girl had loved Harry Bellairs before he had met her, and because of it the poor fellow had fallen beneath the hand of a secret assassin.
"The Doctor of Pimlico" by William Le Queux
Pertinax elected emperor by the Roman senate; he is later assassinated by the praetorians.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
He has been warned that Harrison is a man chosen to assassinate him.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
On one side good, brave people, on the other cowards and assassins.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
An assassin or maniac could kill him almost any hour of the day or night.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
If friendly negotiation is unavailing, the magistrates should hunt them down as if they were robbers and assassins.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
Ah, this is an ambuscade, and I have sat at drink with assassins!
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
The words "crime" and "murder" were freely bandied about: murmurs of "assassin," "robber," "assassination" could be heard.
"Messengers of Evil" by Pierre Souvestre
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In poetry:

Colonel and batman, emperor and assassin,
Democratized by silence and corruption,
Defy identification with identical grin:
The joke is long, will brook no interruption.
"An Old Lament Renewed" by Vernon Scannell
From ev'ry latent foe,
From the assassin's blow,
God save the King! O'er him thine arm extend,
For Britain's sake defend,
Our father, prince and friend,
God save the King!
"God Save The King" by Henry Carey
Guid guide thee by the gins and traps
Set by thae wild assassin chaps—
Aye casting bombs amang the Naps;
When ye're in Lunnon, frae their traps
Keep far, guid Garibaldi.
"Auld Scotland's Welcome To Garibaldi" by Janet Hamilton
There Christ some time among th' Egyptians past,
Until his parents heard the news at last,
That Herod, from whose cruelty they fled,
Who sought t' assassinate the Child, was dead.
"The Life And Death Of Christ" by Rees Prichard
Of old--life, livid, foaming, came and went
'Mid strokes of tocsin and assassin's knife;
Proscribers, murderers, each with each at strife,
While, mad and splendid. Death above them bent.
"The Rope-Maker" by Emile Verhaeren
Boys, let it alone!
Turn your back on your deadliest enemy—Drink!
An assassin disguised; nor for one moment think,
As some rashly say, that true women admire
The man who can boast that he's playing with fire.
Boys, let it alone!
"Don't Drink" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Two assassination attempts he blames on the Israeli army have left him a patchwork of platinum rods and skin grafts.
When the New York Times ran its story on Obama's "kill list," showing the president poring over names of people to potentially assassinate in drone strikes, it sparked a controversy.
In 1881 James A Garfield became the second US President to be assassinated.
The attempted assassination of Malala Yousufzai by the Pakistan Taliban sparked many protests.
When Galen Murphy-Hoffman enters the stage in Shotgun's production of Assassins, you recognize his character immediately.
Our nation was unable to put John Wilkes Booth on trial for Lincoln's assassination, since he was killed by Union troops.
In 1865 Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth , was surrounded by federal troops on a farm near Bowling Green, Va.
Sherif Kurtaj, 62, has been trapped in his house for the past eight years, too fearful of assassins seeking to avenge the death of a man whom his two sons killed in a fight.
The phrase played a big role in the movie "Munich," when a sexy assassin lured an Israeli hit man to bed and killed him.
We believe your readers will be interested in the following petition—which we fully endorse—protesting the assassination in Russia of the writer and journalist Paul Klebnikov.
The now-canceled CIA idea for an "assassination plan" became public less than three weeks after House Democrats were briefed, although it apparently had remained secret since September 2001.
After years of dispute over city code violations, a dilapidated apartment building where accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald briefly lived is coming down.
West was the main conspirator in the Bobbitt assassination.
On only one occasion did he allow a tape recorder to run, and he spoke with surprising candor about the 1960 campaign, the Kennedys, the assassination, and Vietnam.
Terry Tocantins and Alex Zola's The Magic Bullet Theory, closing this weekend at Sacred Fools Theater Company in Hollywood, is the second play to be produced locally this year focusing on the 1963 JFK assassination.
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In science:

Blows at Midnight, the Kennedy assassination, or Pearl Harbor.
Astrophysics in 2005
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