Definition of the word kill.

Could the word kill be used to describe a direct action and an indirect action? If an assassin kills his/her target they and their contactor are guilty of murder; but is the contactor also considered a killer?

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  • It doesn't sound strange to say

    Pol Pot Killed millions

    But it does sound strange to say

    She killed her husband by hiring a hit-man

    Rather, we'd say

    She had her husband killed

    When speaking of the numerous crimes of a tyrant, we can much more easily ignore the unknown people who did the actual physical killing.

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