• A member of the Nizari Ismaili Muslim community of the Alamut Period
  • Someone who intentionally kills a person, especially a professional who kills a public or political figure.
  • Any ruthless killer.



  • From either French assassin or Italian assassino, from Arabic أَسَاسِيّ ("people who are faithful to the foundation [of the faith]") and the folkloric etymology Arabic حَشَّاشِين ("hashish users; low-lives").

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