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Meaning of assassinate

as•sas•si•nate

Pronunciation: (u-sas'u-nāt"), [key]
— -nat•ed, -nat•ing.
  1. to kill suddenly or secretively, esp. a politically prominent person; murder premeditatedly and treacherously.
  2. to destroy or harm treacherously and viciously: to assassinate a person's character.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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