Word of the day

The word for today is…

assassin (noun) – 1. One who murders by surprise attack, especially one who carries out a plot to kill a prominent person.
2. A member of a militant subgroup of Ismailis that in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries carried out political assassinations directed especially against Seljuk rule.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1530’s (in Anglo-Latin from mid-13th century), via French and Italian, from Arabic hashishiyyin “hashish-users,” plural of hashishiyy, from the source of hashish. A fanatical Ismaili Muslim sect of the time of the Crusades, under leadership of the “Old Man of the Mountains” (translates Arabic shaik-al-jibal, name applied to Hasan ibu-al-Sabbah), with a reputation for murdering opposing leaders after intoxicating themselves by eating hashish. The plural suffix -in was mistaken in Europe for part of the word.


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