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[kap-ter] /ˈkæp tər/
a person who has captured a person or thing.
Origin of captor
1640-50; < Late Latin, equivalent to cap(ere) to take + -tor -tor Unabridged
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  • He sprang towards his captor in an ineffectual attempt to hit him, or to scratch out his eyes with his finger nails.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • He removed his steel cap, holding it in his hand as he faced his captor.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • Demurrage is generally given against a captor for unjustifiable detention.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • "Andvari, you are caught; it is one of the Æsir who has taken you," he heard his captor say.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • Each turned towards Sir Blaise, swaying over the clasped arms of his captor.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • He had not been sustained in his resistance to the barbarous conduct of their captor.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for captor


a person or animal that holds another captive
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from capere to take
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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