Assassinated

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 08/20/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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What level of importance must a person have, before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

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Valerie - posted on 08/21/2010

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It has nothing to do with the importance of the person him/herself whether it's an assassination or a murder. An Assassination is a murder that makes a symbolic point, or that is meant to stop the person's work or influence. The person being murdered is not more important, but their death is likely to have an impact that goes beyond the taking of a life (end of an cultural era, change in political regime, for eg.)

Sharon - posted on 08/20/2010

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to me an assassination is the murder of a well known person who was serving the public. A minister, politician, good will ambassador etc.

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Jaime - posted on 08/21/2010

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Nah, I think assassination applies specifically to the pre-meditated murder of a public figure (politician, activist, etc). It's still murder, but because they are a servant of the public, it is deemed an assassination based on the MO of the person doing the killing. That's my take on it anyhow.

Barbara - posted on 08/21/2010

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To me, assassination means it isn't personal. Like, if I killed my husband I would be murdering him, if I hired an assassin to do it, I would be a murderer but the assassin would, well, be an assassin. Who assassinates. Does that make sense to anyone else?

Sharon - posted on 08/21/2010

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You're missing it. Assassination is a bigger deal because some who serves the greater good(open to interpretation) was murdered.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 08/20/2010

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When you think about it there are non “important” people that are murdered just like “Important” people and they are just considered murdered, whereas the other has been assassinated….why???
Jus the way it is maybe?

?? - posted on 08/20/2010

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Well, to me, I just take the actual dictionary definitions...

Assassinate
–verb (used with object), -nat·ed, -nat·ing.
1.
to kill suddenly or secretively, esp. a politically prominent person; murder premeditatedly and treacherously.
2.
to destroy or harm treacherously and viciously: to assassinate a person's character.

Murder
–noun
1.
Law . the killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered in law. In the U.S., special statutory definitions include murder committed with malice aforethought, characterized by deliberation or premeditation or occurring during the commission of another serious crime, as robbery or arson (first-degree murder), and murder by intent but without deliberation or premeditation (second-degree murder).


So an assassination is a murder. It's just another variation of a murder. Just like "manslaughter" is a variation of murder. An assassination and manslaughter are both "murder" they're just subject to interpretation.

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