• Pinocchio Escapes from his Assassins
    Pinocchio Escapes from his Assassins
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n assassinator a murderer (especially one who kills a prominent political figure) who kills by a surprise attack and often is hired to do the deed "his assassins were hunted down like animals","assassinators of kings and emperors"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word Assassin is derived from a Middle Eastern religious and political sect known as Hashishins. The name means 'hashish smoker'which refers to the practice of taking hashish to induce visions of ecstacy before murdering their enemies as their religious duty. They were very good at what they did.
    • n Assassinator An assassin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: US presidents who have been assassinated: Abraham Lincoln in 1865, James A. Garfield in 1881, William H. McKinley in 1901, and John F. Kennedy in 1963.
    • n assassinator An assassin.
    • n assassinator In canon law, one who hires another to kill a third person by surprise or secret assault. He loses the right of sanctuary and all other ecclesiastical immunity, and is subjected to excommunication, and, by the letter of the law, to confiscation of goods or even to deprivation of personal rights, including that of security of life: these penalties could be imposed even when the attempted assassination fell short of its effect. The law was first made against those employing infidels to murder Christians, but almost immediately and a fortiori extended to Christians as against any person, whether Christian or not, who was allowed to live in the state. The peculiar malice of the crime was placed in its being secret murder for hire. Technically it was unknown to the civil law.
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  • European Court Cliche
    European Court Cliche
    “Assassination is the perquisite of princes.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Assassination has never changed the history of the world.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.”
  • Voltaire
    “The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.”
  • Herbert Clark Hoover
    “Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.”
  • Albert Camus
    “Whoever today speaks of human existence in terms of power, efficiency, and historical tasks is an actual or potential assassin.”


In literature:

However, Otho dispatched assassins to Germany, Vitellius to Rome.
"Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II" by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
A plot for the assassination of the prophet was formed.
"The Days of Mohammed" by Anna May Wilson
Last night by chance it became known to the archbishop that there is a plot to assassinate the Americano.
"The Title Market" by Emily Post
Assassinations became the order of the day; the young heir to the throne was removed in this way and replaced by another young prince.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
Kneeling upon this the assassin could easily fire into the room.
"Gordon Craig" by Randall Parrish
Can knights of the poignard be any thing but the enrolled assassins of the people?
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
A companion, to whose lot it has fallen to accompany the stranger in search of the assassins of Hiram Abiff.
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
The three assassins were also dead.
"Time Crime" by H. Beam Piper
The cycle began of intrigue and conspiracy, assassination plots, and Jesuit invasions.
"English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century" by James Anthony Froude
After the orgy of music comes night and assassination.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Your boy brought me the news of your arrest, and that we were charged with plotting William's assassination.
"A Jacobite Exile" by G. A. Henty
They tell me that Lincoln was assassinated.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
In 1632 Gustavus Adolphus was killed, in 1634 Wallenstein was assassinated, and in 1635 France entered into the war.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
The assassins met with a spirited resistance from the English and their Japanese guard.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No 3, September 1863" by Various
Dare the authorities re-open the question, and allege assassination?
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
In 1900 King Humbert of Italy was assassinated by Gaetano Bresci.
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
We know how often they have assassinated each other to pave a way to power.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
And on his eloquent words in honor of assassination are the "ingenuous youth" of Christian countries trained and taught.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 93, July, 1865" by Various
This is evidenced by her behavior at his death, which took place at the hand of assassins.
"Roman Women" by Alfred Brittain
Yet a few days, and the chivalrous Gustavus was to be assassinated.
"Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty" by Imbert de Saint-Amand

In poetry:

"But stay - I do not like
Undue assassination,
And so before you strike,
Make this communication:
"The Rival Curates" by William Schwenck Gilbert
'Nobody knows what the cause is,
Though some pretend they do;
It's like some hidden assassin
Waiting to strike at you.
"Miss Gee" by W H Auden
At night he and his star dwelled alone.
He saw the snow fall on bare branches
And in the murky doorway the assassin’s shadow.
Silvern sank the unborne’s head.
"Kaspar Hauser's Song" by Georg Trakl
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
Would ye splash, in your madness, the blood of the children,
With merciless blows, in the poor mother's face?
Turn back, ye Assassins! or wear on your foreheads
For ever the brand of a God-hated race!
"Pro Patria: America, 1861" by Adah Isaacs Menken

In news:

Oliver "Billy" Sipple just happened to be standing in the path of history, right next to Sara Jane Moore, the would-be assassin, as she raised a.38 and aimed it at President Gerald R Ford outside San Francisco's St Francis Hotel.
Internet trolls, armchair pundits and secret Web character assassins beware.
He was referring to an assassination attempt in 1993 targeting former president George H.W.
Griselda Blanco, the drug kingpin known for her blood-soaked style of street vengeance during Miami's "cocaine cowboys" era of the '70s and '80s, was shot to death in Medellin by a motorcycle-riding assassin Monday.
Assassination buffs have long held that only deathbed confessions would reveal who really killed John F Kennedy.
"Godmother of Cocaine," who rose to international prominence in the 1970s and 1980s, was reportedly assassinated by "sicarios.".
Guinean president survives assassination attempt.
The British King George V was haunted by the recent assassination of his Romanov cousins by the Bolsheviks, and he sent a train to rescue the Habsburgs .
Taliban claim responsibility for assassination at heavily guarded house.
The showrunner has closed a script development deal that sees him penning a dark show about a party clown who moonlights as an assassin.
Last year Japanese director Takashi Miike treated audiences to a grueling samurai epic, "13 Assassins".
Helmer Takashi Miike, whose samurai swashbuckler "13 Assassins" played in competition at Venice, will make an as-yet untitled pic based on "Harakiri" (Seppuku), a 1962 Masaki Kobayashi period classic.
The LGBT community and the Justice League held the first Harvey Milk Walk and Rally on the birthday of the activist San Francisco City councilman who was assassinated by a homophobic bigot.
The Misogyny Behind an Attempted Assassination of a Man in Congo.
On a gentle spring evening in 1966, an assassin walked into the Beirut office of Al Hayat and shot to death Kamel Mrowa, the newspaper's founder, as he checked final proofs of the next day's issue.

In science:

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