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Negative ConnotationPlay
The word 'assassin' carries a strongly negative feel, used for a killer with dubious motives. SlideThe assassin's cold gaze revealed no remorse.
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Stealthy ImplicationsPlay
'Assassin' suggests secrecy and stealth rather than an open attack. SlideSilent as shadow, the assassin slipped through the darkness.
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Professional AspectPlay
An 'assassin' is often seen as a professional, someone skilled and paid to carry out a targeted killing. SlideThe skilled assassin had a reputation for never failing a contract.