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 treacherous violence. [1913 Webster]

Help, neighbors, my house is broken open by force, and I am ravished, and like to be assassinated. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To assail with murderous intent; hence, by extended meaning, to maltreat exceedingly. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

Your rhymes assassinate our fame. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Such usage as your honorable lords Afford me, assassinated and betrayed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To kill; murder; slay. See {Kill}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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