- murder; especially of socially prominent persons
"Anwar Sadat was assassinated because many people did not like his peace politics with Israel"
- destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation
"He assassinated his enemy's character"
- They attempted to assassinate the president.
- He was ignorant of the plot to assassinate him.
- The plot to assassinate the president was discovered just in time.
- The only way to get rid of a modern dictator is to assassinate him.