assassinate assassinate  /ə ˈsæ sə ˌneɪt/


  1. (v) murder; especially of socially prominent persons
  2. (v) destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation

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  1. The FBI investigated, decided no one had planned to assassinate anyone, and dropped the matter.
  2. His plot to assassinate Hitler on July 20, 1944, while unsuccessful, has come to symbolize German resistance to the Nazis.
  3. Bobby knew that a dark alliancethe CIA, the Mafia and militant Cuban exileshad formed to assassinate Castro and force a regime change in Havana.


  • Free speech, fairness and the burden of proof

    U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land invoked Emerson's familiar observation about trying to assassinate a king in his dismissal of former employees' claims against Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer


  1. On Monday, Robertson told his audience, "You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if [Chavez] thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting...
    on Aug 24, 2005 By: Pat Robertson Source: Feminist Majority Foundation

  2. "Someone out there tried to assassinate the political leadership of our friend, partner and neighbour," Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told a news conference in the capital, Canberra. "They have asked for some help, and we are about to...
    on Feb 11, 2006 By: Kevin Rudd Source: 940 News

  3. Musharraf "has been indispensable in the global war on terror, so indispensable that extremists and radicals have tried to assassinate him multiple times," Negroponte said. "The bottom line is, there's no question that we Americans have a...
    on Nov 7, 2007 By: John Negroponte Source: Forbes

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