Meaning of “assassination” in the English Dictionary

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"assassination" in British English

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assassinationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /əˌsæs.ɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ us /əˌsæs.əˈneɪ.ʃən/

the murder of someone famous or important:

an assassination attempt
the assassination of the opposition leader

More examples

  • The assassination could do serious damage to the fragile peace agreement that was signed last month.
  • The assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand started off the first World War.
  • President Kennedy's assassination had far-reaching repercussions.
  • The assassination was reported in all the newspapers.
  • The book describes the train of events that led up to the assassination.

(Definition of “assassination” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)