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assassinate

as·sas·si·nate

assassinate

pronunciation:
sae sih neIt
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: assassinated, assassinates, assassinating
definition 1: to murder for pay or for ideological reasons.
The respected civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.An actor named John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln.
similar words:
bump off, dispatch, do away with, kill, knife, liquidate, remove, shoot, slay, stab, wipe out
definition 2: to destroy, abuse, or defame.
She publicly assassinated his character.
synonyms:
defame, destroy, ruin
similar words:
abuse, assail, denigrate, disgrace, malign, run down, slander, vilify
derivations: assassination (n.), assassinator (n.)