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  1. a person who has captured a person or thing.
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Origin of captor

1640–50; < Late Latin, equivalent to cap(ere) to take + -tor -tor
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  1. a person or animal that holds another captive
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin, from capere to take
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Word Origin and History for captor


1680s, from Latin captor "a catcher," agent noun from captus, past participle of capere "to take" (see capable). Earlier it meant "censor" (1640s). Fem. form captress recorded from 1867.

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