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Assassin definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ASSAS'SIN, n.
One who kills or attempts to kill, by surprise or secret assault. The circumstance of surprise or secresy seems essential to the signification of this word; though it is sometimes used to denote one who takes any advantage, in killing or attempting to murder; as by attacking one when unarmed.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: 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"; "assassinators of kings and emperors" [syn: assassin, assassinator, bravo]
2: a member of a secret order of Muslims (founded in the 12th century) who terrorized and killed Christian Crusaders

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Medieval Latin assassinus, from Arabic ?ashsh?sh?n, plural of ?ashsh?sh worthless person, literally, hashish user, from hash?sh hashish Date: circa 1520 1. capitalized a member of a Shia Muslim sect who at the time of the Crusades was sent out on a suicidal mission to murder prominent enemies 2. a person who commits murder; especially one who murders a politically important person either for hire or from fanatical motives

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a killer, esp. of a political or religious leader. 2 hist. any of a group of Muslim fanatics sent on murder missions in the time of the Crusades. Etymology: F assassin or f. med.L assassinus f. Arab. hassas hashish-eater

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Assassin As*sas"sin, n. [F. (cf. It. assassino), fr. Ar. `hashishin one who has drunk of the hashish. Under its influence the Assassins of the East, followers of the Shaikh al-Jabal (Old Man of the Mountain), were said to commit the murders required by their chief.] One who kills, or attempts to kill, by surprise or secret assault; one who treacherously murders any one unprepared for defense.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Assassin As*sas"sin, v. t. To assassinate. [Obs.] --Stillingfleet.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(assassins) An assassin is a person who assassinates someone. He saw the shooting and memorised the number of the assassin's car. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Murderer, slayer, cut-throat, assassinator, bravo, thug.

Moby Thesaurus

Cain, alarmist, apache, assassinator, bloodletter, bloodshedder, bomber, bravo, burker, butcher, button man, cannibal, cutthroat, desperado, eradicator, executioner, exterminator, garroter, gorilla, gun, gunman, gunsel, hatchet man, head-hunter, hit man, homicidal maniac, homicide, killer, man-eater, man-killer, manslayer, massacrer, matador, murderer, pesticide, poison, poisoner, scaremonger, slaughterer, slayer, strangler, terrorist, thug, torpedo, trigger man



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