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 treacherous violence.

Help, neighbors, my house is broken open by force, and I am ravished, and like to be assassinated. Dryden.

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.

 

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As*sas"sin*ate (#), n. [F. assassinat.]

1.

An assassination, murder, or murderous assault.

[Obs.]

If I had made an assassinate upon your father. B. Jonson.

2.

An assassin.

[Obs.]

Dryden.

 

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