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ASSASSIN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does assassin mean? 

ASSASSIN (noun)
  The noun ASSASSIN has 2 senses:

1. 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
2. a member of a secret order of Muslims (founded in the 12th century) who terrorized and killed Christian Crusaders

  Familiarity information: ASSASSIN used as a noun is rare.


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ASSASSIN (noun)


Sense 1assassin [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

assassin; assassinator; bravo

Context examples:

his assassins were hunted down like animals / assassinators of kings and emperors

Hypernyms ("assassin" is a kind of...):

liquidator; manslayer; murderer (a criminal who commits homicide (who performs the unlawful premeditated killing of another human being))

Domain category:

government; political science; politics (the study of government of states and other political units)

Instance hyponyms:

Booth; John Wilkes Booth (United States actor and assassin of President Lincoln (1838-1865))

Lee Harvey Oswald; Oswald (United States assassin of President John F. Kennedy (1939-1963))


Sense 2assassin [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A member of a secret order of Muslims (founded in the 12th century) who terrorized and killed Christian Crusaders

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("assassin" is a kind of...):

Moslem; Muslim (a believer in or follower of Islam)


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