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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Assassinate \As*sas"sin*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Assassinated; p. pr. & vb. n. Assassinating.] [LL.
assassinatus, p. p. of assassinare.]
1. To kill by surprise or secret assault; to murder by
Help, neighbors, my house is broken open by force,
and I am ravished, and like to be assassinated.
2. To assail with murderous intent; hence, by extended
meaning, to maltreat exceedingly. [Archaic]
Your rhymes assassinate our fame. --Dryden.
Such usage as your honorable lords
Afford me, assassinated and betrayed. --Milton.
Syn: To kill; murder; slay. See Kill.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: murdered by surprise attack for political reasons; "the
20th century has seen too many assassinated leaders"
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