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assassin

[uh-sas-in] /əˈsæs ɪn/
noun
1.
a murderer, especially one who kills a politically prominent person for fanatical or monetary reasons.
2.
(initial capital letter) one of an order of Muslim fanatics, active in Persia and Syria from about 1090 to 1272, whose chief object was to assassinate Crusaders.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Medieval Latin assassinī (plural) < Arabic ḥashshāshīn eaters of hashish
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assassin

/əˈsæsɪn/
noun
1.
a murderer, esp one who kills a prominent political figure
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin assassīnus, from Arabic hashshāshīn, plural of hashshāsh one who eats hashish

Assassin

/əˈsæsɪn/
noun
1.
a member of a secret sect of Muslim fanatics operating in Persia and Syria from about 1090 to 1256, murdering their victims, usually Crusaders
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Word Origin and History for assassin's

assassin

n.

1530s (in Anglo-Latin from mid-13c.), via French and Italian, from Arabic hashishiyyin "hashish-users," plural of hashishiyy, from hashish (q.v.). A fanatical Ismaili Muslim sect of the time of the Crusades, under leadership of the "Old Man of the Mountains" (translates Arabic shaik-al-jibal, name applied to Hasan ibu-al-Sabbah), with a reputation for murdering opposing leaders after intoxicating themselves by eating hashish. The plural suffix -in was mistaken in Europe for part of the word (cf. Bedouin).

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