Assassinate vs. Murder

By Jaxson

Main Difference

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.

  • Assassinate

    Assassination is the killing of a prominent person, either for political or religious reasons or for payment.

    An assassination may be prompted by religious, political, or military motives; it is an act that may be done for financial gain, to avenge a grievance, from a desire to acquire fame or notoriety, or because of a military, security or insurgent group’s command to carry out the homicide.

  • Murder

    Murder is the unlawful killing of another human without justification or valid excuse, especially the unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought. This state of mind may, depending upon the jurisdiction, distinguish murder from other forms of unlawful homicide, such as manslaughter. Manslaughter is a killing committed in the absence of malice, brought about by reasonable provocation, or diminished capacity. Involuntary manslaughter, where it is recognized, is a killing that lacks all but the most attenuated guilty intent, recklessness.

    Most societies consider murder to be an extremely serious crime, and thus believe that the person charged should receive harsh punishments for the purposes of retribution, deterrence, rehabilitation, or incapacitation. In most countries, a person convicted of murder generally faces a long-term prison sentence, possibly a life sentence; and in a few, the death penalty may be imposed.

  • 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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