• Verb: murder; especially of socially prominent persons; example: "Anwar Sadat was assassinated because many people did not like his peace politics with Israel"
• Verb: destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation; example: "He assassinated his enemy's character"
In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one and hounded another out of office. And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character.
The CIA could not face up to the American people and admit that its former employees had conspired to assassinate the President; so from the moment Kennedy's heart stopped beating, the Agency attempted to sweep the whole conspiracy under the rug.