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assassinate

[uh-sas-uh-neyt] /əˈsæs əˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), assassinated, assassinating.
1.
to kill suddenly or secretively, especially a politically prominent person; murder premeditatedly and treacherously.
2.
to destroy or harm treacherously and viciously:
to assassinate a person's character.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; assassin + -ate1
Related forms
assassination, noun
assassinative, adjective
assassinator, noun
counterassassination, noun
unassassinated, adjective
Synonyms
1. slay.
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British Dictionary definitions for counter-assassination

assassinate

/əˈsæsɪˌneɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to murder (a person, esp a public or political figure), usually by a surprise attack
2.
to ruin or harm (a person's reputation, etc) by slander
Derived Forms
assassination, noun
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Word Origin and History for counter-assassination

assassinate

v.

1610s, from past participle stem of Medieval Latin assassinare (see assassin). Of reputations, characters, etc., from 1620s. Related: Assassinated; assassinating.

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