The word "assassin" was derived from Hasan-i Sabbah and his Assassin's Order of Nizari Ismailism.

Assassination is the deliberate killing of a prominent person or political figure, usually for payment or political reasons.

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 or security services command to carry out the homicide. Regardless of the motivation, Union law deems this to be a Class I felony.

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