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Assassinate vs. Murder

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The main difference between Assassinate and Murder is that the Assassinate is a murder of a prominent person, often a political leader or ruler and Murder is a unlawful killing of a human with malice aforethought.

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  • Assassinate (verb)

    To murder someone, especially an important person, by a sudden or obscure attack, especially for ideological or political reasons. from 17th c.

  • Assassinate (verb)

    To harm, ruin, or defame severely or destroy by treachery, slander, libel, or obscure attack.

  • Assassinate (noun)

    Assassination, murder.

  • Assassinate (noun)

    An assassin.

  • Murder (noun)

    An act of deliberate killing of another being, especially a human.

    "There have been ten unsolved murders this year alone."

  • Murder (noun)

    The crime of deliberate killing of another human.

    "The defendant was charged with murder."

  • Murder (noun)

    The commission of an act which abets the commission of a crime the commission of which causes the death of a human.

  • Murder (noun)

    Something terrible to endure.

    "This headache is murder."

  • Murder (noun)

    A group of crows; the collective noun for crows.

  • Murder (verb)

    To kill (a person or persons).

    "The woman found dead in her kitchen was murdered by her husband."

  • Murder (verb)

    To defeat decisively.

    "Our team is going to murder them."

  • Murder (verb)

    To mangle.

  • Murder (verb)

    To kick someone's ass or chew someone out (used to express one’s anger at somebody).

    "He's torn my best shirt. When I see him, I'll murder him!"

  • Murder (verb)

    to devour, ravish.

    "I could murder a hamburger right now."

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  • Assassinate

    To kill by surprise or secret assault; to murder by treacherous violence.

  • Assassinate

    To assail with murderous intent; hence, by extended meaning, to maltreat exceedingly.

  • Assassinate (noun)

    An assassination, murder, or murderous assault.

  • Assassinate (noun)

    An assassin.

  • Murder (noun)

    The offense of killing a human being with malice prepense or aforethought, express or implied; intentional and unlawful homicide.

  • Murder

    To kill with premediated malice; to kill (a human being) willfully, deliberately, and unlawfully. See Murder, n.

  • Murder

    To destroy; to put an end to.

  • Murder

    To mutilate, spoil, or deform, as if with malice or cruelty; to mangle; as, to murder the king's English.

Webster Dictionary
  • Assassinate (verb)

    murder; especially of socially prominent persons;

    "Anwar Sadat was assassinated because many people did not like his peace politics with Israel"

  • Assassinate (verb)

    destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation;

    "He assassinated his enemy's character"

  • Murder (noun)

    unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being

  • Murder (verb)

    kill intentionally and with premeditation;

    "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"

  • Murder (verb)

    alter so as to make unrecognizable;

    "The tourists murdered the French language"

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