- to steal, carry off, or abduct by force or fraud, especially for use as a hostage or to extract ransom.
Origin of kidnap
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seize, bear off, bear away.
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Examples from the Web for kidnapping
Lalo said he reported the kidnapping to his ICE handlers, which was confirmed by a former federal agent familiar with the case.
Afraid the Korean secret police would not believe his kidnapping story, Shin settled in Hollywood.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
More recently, Boko Haram shocked the world by kidnapping 276 female students and threatened to traffic them.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
Louise I. Shelley
December 26, 2014
At the same time, we should expect a rise in kidnapping for ransom.To Kill the ISIS Monster You Gotta Do More Than Cut Off Its Money
November 18, 2014
Rõivas called the kidnapping of a counterintelligence official a serious crime “unacceptable to any Estonian.”Russia Steps Up Pressure on the Baltics
September 5, 2014
That, and that alone, was and is kidnapping in divine and human statute.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
Every removal of a selected victim was in the nature of a kidnapping.
Jock says you can be made to give me up; he says it'll be a case of kidnapping.
They had seen nothing on that day which could relate to the kidnapping of a young girl.The Blonde Lady
He was determined to get another chance of kidnapping Estelle.Chatterbox, 1906
- (tr) to carry off and hold (a person), usually for ransom
C17: kid 1 + obsolete nap to steal; see nab
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Word Origin and History for kidnapping
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