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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Assassinate \As*sas"sin*ate\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Assassinated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Assassinating}.] [LL. assassinatus, p. p. of assassinare.]

1. 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. --Dryden.

2. To assail with murderous intent; hence, by extended meaning, to maltreat exceedingly. [Archaic]

Your rhymes assassinate our fame. --Dryden.

Such usage as your honorable lords Afford me, assassinated and betrayed. --Milton.

Syn: To kill; murder; slay. See {Kill}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: murdered by surprise attack for political reasons; "the 20th century has seen too many assassinated leaders"

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