Definitions for: Assassin


[n] a murderer (especially one who kills a prominent political figure) who kills by a treacherous surprise attack and often is hired to do the deed; "his assassins were hunted down like animals"; "assassinators of kings and emperors"



Webster (1913) Definition: As*sas"sin, n. [F. (cf. It. assassino), fr. Ar.
`hashishin one who has drunk of the hashish. Under its
influence the Assassins of the East, followers of the Shaikh
al-Jabal (Old Man of the Mountain), were said to commit the
murders required by their chief.]
One who kills, or attempts to kill, by surprise or secret
assault; one who treacherously murders any one unprepared for
defense.


As*sas"sin, v. t.
To assassinate. [Obs.] --Stillingfleet.

Synonyms: assassinator, bravo

See Also: Booth, John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, liquidator, manslayer, murderer, Oswald

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