assassinate-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: Murder, especially a socially prominent person.

NOTE: Object assassinated is CONCRETE, usually a human being.

Anwar Sadat was assassinated because people did not like his peace
politics with Israel.
That said, I think the dog should be assassinated.
No damage but it appears that the dog is trying to assassinate my computer!

VerbNet: murder-42.1
FrameNet: Killing
PropBank: assassinate.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: Destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation.

He assassinated his enemy's character.
Don't assassinate my reputation with your blind accusations!

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2