[ noun ] (law,criminal law) a murderer (especially one who kills a prominent political figure) who kills by a treacherous surprise attack and often is hired to do the deed
"his assassins were hunted down like animals" "assassinators of kings and emperors"
Used in print(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)
Finding him dead , Cook caught Russell 's horse and rode to the cattle foreman 's house to report the incident and request bloodhounds to trail the assassins .(David Stacton, The Judges of the Secret Court....)
There was a_little blood on the hem of her dress , for the assassin had slashed Miss_Harris 's companion , Major_Rathbone , with a knife .
[ noun ] (religion,Islam) a member of a secret order of Muslims (founded in the 12th century) who terrorized and killed Christian Crusaders