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English noun: assassination

1. assassination (communication) an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation

Synonymsblackwash, character assassination

Broader (hypernym)calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, obloquy, traducement

2. assassination (act) murder of a public figure by surprise attack

Broader (hypernym)execution, murder, slaying

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