Is there a specific word for someone who hires a hitman or assassin?

  • Contractor? Source: playing the Hitman video games – Caleb Jul 17 '15 at 1:35
  • @CalebBernard - In general, though, a contractor is the person who contracts to perform a service: in this case, the hitman himself. I haven't played the video game - perhaps they have it the other way around - but in that case I would say they'd got it wrong. – MT_Head Jul 17 '15 at 1:50
  • @MT_Head maybe, or maybe I've misremembered the game... Either way, I think you're right. The contractor should refer to the hitman himself. – Caleb Jul 17 '15 at 1:52

In cases of contract killing, you have the employer, the hitman and the victim

The person who hires the hitman is the employer.

  • employ (verb) - to use or get the services of (someone) to do a particular job. MW
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  • Pity it's so generic, though. Also - from the point of view of the hitman, s/he could also be called the "client" or the "customer". (Both of which are just as generic, I know.) – MT_Head Jul 17 '15 at 1:48

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