Assassinate vs Lynch - What's the difference?

assassinate | lynch |


As a verb assassinate

is to murder someone, especially an important person, by a sudden or obscure attack, especially for ideological or political reasons.

As a noun assassinate

is (obsolete) assassination, murder.

As a proper noun lynch is

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assassinate

English

Verb

  • To murder someone, especially an important person, by a sudden or obscure attack, especially for ideological or political reasons.
  • * , II.29:
  • The Assassines, a nation depending of PhÅ“nicia, are esteemed among the Mahometists.
  • (figuratively) To harm, ruin, or defame severely or destroy by treachery, slander, libel, or obscure attack.
  • * Dryden
  • Your rhymes assassinate our fame.
  • * Milton
  • Such usage as your honourable lords / Afford me, assassinated and betrayed.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) Assassination, murder.
  • (obsolete) An assassin.
  • * , vol.1, III.i.2:
  • Yet again, many of them desperate hairbrains, rash, careless, fit to be assassinates , as being void of all fear and sorrow […].

    See also

    * Wikipedia article on Assassins * murder * regicide ----

    lynch

    English

    (wikipedia lynch)

    Etymology 1

    First attested , from (Lynch law) that appeared in .

    Verb

    (es)
  • (pejorative) To execute (somebody) without a proper legal trial or procedure, especially by hanging.
  • Synonyms
    * (execute without a proper legal trial) string up
    Derived terms
    * lynching * lynch mob

    Etymology 2

    Noun

    (es)
  • English eponyms ----