Meaning of assassins

Meaning of assassins DEFAULT

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  • 1A murderer of an important person in a surprise attack for political or religious reasons.

    ‘She knew now he was not sleeping, and had been murdered by the assassins who lay dead on her floor.’

    • ‘Police believe the victim may not have even seen the assassin who murdered him with a single shot to the back.’
    • ‘This particular guild was a home to 75 of the best thieves, assassins and cut throats in Europe.’
    • ‘From his comment, Flynn obviously knew the reason why his assassin was there.’
    • ‘Cyanide is a colourless, lethal, water-soluble poison occasionally used by mafia assassins.’
    • ‘It focuses brilliantly on political intrigue and high stakes and assassins and crumbling empires.’
    • ‘He was murdered under mysterious circumstances; the assassin has never been found.’
    • ‘However, I was an assassin, trained to kill with or without a good reason.’
    • ‘The assassin hadn't killed him yet - that was important given the skill this man had.’
    • ‘We also give the name of the assassin who attempted three days ago to murder an SEP member.’
    • ‘Both presidents were assassinated in office and both assassins used their middle names for preference.’
    • ‘It's unlikely a professional assassin would have shown his face or made a getaway on foot.’
    • ‘After all, the assassins are willing to kill and wound hundreds to get one man.’
    • ‘One of the assassins was traced to the village of Lidice which was to pay a terrible price for having one of its townsfolk involved in this killing.’
    • ‘He would like to deny that history which depicts Turks as assassins, or apportion blame to the Armenians.’
    • ‘The real targets of these laws will not be bomb throwers or assassins.’
    • ‘The combination of the assassins, of time, of blame, and his own inevitable errors mean that someone else must take on the job.’
    • ‘The men who were on the terrace were obviously not the actual assassins.’
    • ‘She seeks revenge upon the other assassins with whom she worked.’
    • ‘Paramilitary assassins used live ammunition and shot to the head.’

    murderer, killer, executioner, gunman, butcher, slaughterer, liquidator, exterminator, terminator

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    1. 1.1Assassin historical A member of the Nizari branch of Ismaili Muslims at the time of the Crusades, when the newly established sect ruled part of northern Persia (1094–1256). They were renowned as militant fanatics, and were popularly reputed to use hashish before going on murder missions.

      ‘In the 11 th century in the Middle East the Shiite sect known as the Assassins would eat hashish before murdering civilian foes.’

      • ‘In June, the Sultan had an Assassin try to murder Prince Edward.’
      • ‘The Muslim Cult of Assassins of the 12th and 13th centuries, like the Jewish Zealots of the 1st, have been enrolled for this genealogical purpose.’
      • ‘The Crusaders mistook the Nizaris' association with political murder with hashish addiction and spawned the Assassins legend.’
      • ‘In November 1126, he was stabbed to death by an Assassin.’





Mid 16th century from French, or from medieval Latin assassinus, from Arabic ḥašīšī ‘hashish-eater’.


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[ uh-sas-in ]

/ əˈsæs ɪn /


a murderer, especially one who kills a politically prominent person for fanatical or monetary reasons.

(initial capital letter) one of an order of Muslim fanatics, active in Persia and Syria from about 1090 to 1272, whose chief object was to assassinate Crusaders.



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Origin of assassin

1525–35; <Medieval Latin assassinī (plural) <Arabic ḥashshāshīn eaters of hashish

Words nearby assassin

assail, assailant, Assam, Assamese, Assam States, assassin, assassinate, assassination, assassin bug, assassin fly, Assateague Island Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Words related to assassin

soldier, guerrilla, executioner, clipper, killer, gun, butcher, slayer, dropper, liquidator, enforcer, plugger, torpedo, eliminator

How to use assassin in a sentence

  • Spymasters give clues that lead their teams through a minefield of words that belong to the opposing teams and the dreaded assassin.

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  • There was no assassin but despite the overwhelming presence of troops and FBI agents, violent incidents still occurred.

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  • He received the blow on his arm, grappled with the assassin, and throwing him on the ground despatched him with his own dagger.

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  • Then, after all the inquiries you instituted, you were really unable to point to the actual assassin?

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  • If you are so certain that Enid Orlebar is implicated in the affair, if not the actual assassin, why don't you interrogate her?

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  • The assassin gallops away upon his mare, and seeks by night to cross the Rhone.

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  • Yes, with the eyes of a veritable assassin, for at that moment M. Joyeuse is dreaming a terrible dream.

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British Dictionary definitions for assassin (1 of 2)


a murderer, esp one who kills a prominent political figure

Word Origin for assassin

C16: from Medieval Latin assassīnus, from Arabic hashshāshīn, plural of hashshāsh one who eats hashish

British Dictionary definitions for assassin (2 of 2)


a member of a secret sect of Muslim fanatics operating in Persia and Syria from about 1090 to 1256, murdering their victims, usually Crusaders

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An assassin is someone who murders an important political or religious leader. Brutus is one of the most infamous assassins in history. He murdered Julius Caesar, who ruled Rome in the first century B.C.

The word assassin, pronounced "uh-SASS-in," describes a person who murders a prominent person, like a political or religious leader. Often, this person is hired to kill, though he or she might act on personal motivations. To correctly spell assassin, remember that it has two double s's.

Definitions of assassin

  1. noun

    a murderer (especially one who kills a prominent political figure) who kills by a surprise attack and often is hired to do the deed

    “his assassins were hunted down like animals”

    synonyms:assassinator, bravo
  2. noun

    a member of a militant Muslim sect known during the Crusades for murdering enemies

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