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Why are certain people 'murdered', and other people 'assasinated', even if extensionally the two actions could be the same?
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Why are certain people 'murdered', and other people 'assasinated', even if extensionally the two actions could be the same?
The term 'murder' is fairly wide. 'Assasination' is particularly associated with the murder of a political/religious or some other kind of leader. Unlawful killings are all murders but they have more specific terms like 'patricide' (to kill one's father) or euthanasia for example.
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The term 'murder' is fairly wide. 'Assasination' is particularly associated with the murder of a political/religious or some other kind of leader. Unlawful killings are all murders but they have more specific terms like 'patricide' (to kill one's father) or euthanasia for example.
Im asking for example, if a politician is killed, it is always an assasination, and not murder.
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Im asking for example, if a politician is killed, it is always an assasination, and not murder.
It could be both depending on whether the victim was a political leader. JFKennedy was assasinated (he was murdered but was also a political leader as was Martin Luthar King). If a lesser politician was killed we would say he was murdered.
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It could be both depending on whether the victim was a political leader. JFKennedy was assasinated (he was murdered but was also a political leader as was Martin Luthar King). If a lesser politician was killed we would say he was murdered.
Not necessarily. Say if Tony Blair went on holiday somewhere, and while he was there he a gang tried to rob him, and ended up stabbing him to death. That would be murder.

I think the difference lies in the motive of the killing. Leaders are assasinated for political reasons, but they could be randomly murdered as well. Also the Mafia and other gangs regularly assasinate key witnesses in trials.
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Murder relates to the killing of a person, any person. Assassination relates to the killing of a prominent person, say a president of a country or somebody famous.
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Murder relates to the killing of a person, any person. Assassination relates to the killing of a prominent person, say a president of a country or somebody famous.
Not all killing is classed as murder of course. Texas get away with it on death row.
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Not all killing is classed as murder of course. Texas get away with it on death row.
Yeah I know. Killing can also be classed as manslaughter too (killing without malice).

But my main point in my previous post was to distinguish between the types of people killed, where assassination refers to prominent people and murder does not.
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