Definition of Assassination

1. Noun. An attack intended to ruin someone's reputation.

2. Noun. Murder of a public figure by surprise attack.
Generic synonyms: Execution, Murder, Slaying
Derivative terms: Assassinate

Definition of Assassination

1. n. The act of assassinating; a killing by treacherous violence.

Definition of Assassination

1. Noun. killing or murder for political reasons ¹

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Definition of Assassination

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Literary usage of Assassination

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Men and Measures of Half a Century: Sketches and Commments by Hugh McCulloch (1900)
"assassination of Mr. Lincoln—Mr. Lincoln on the Morning of the assassination—Attempted assassination of Mr. Seward—Execution of some of the Assassins and of ..."

2. Roughing It by Mark Twain (2001)
"c- CONCERNING A FRIGHTFUL assassination THAT WAS NEVER CONSUMMATED. [IF ever there was a harmless man, ... A SEEMING PLOT FOR assassination MISCARRIED. ..."

3. History of the House of Austria, from the Foundation of the Monarchy by by William Coxe (1847)
"... who succeeded to the command, prevented the ill effects which were apprehended from the assassination of Wallen- stein ; for a mutiny of the troops in ..."

4. The Life and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln ...: Together with His State by Henry Jarvis Raymond, Francis Bicknell Carpenter (1865)
"C. WARNINGS AGAINST assassination. ALLUSION is made in the preceding pages to ... assassination is not an American practice or habit, and one so vicious and ..."

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