- a novel (1886) by Robert Louis Stevenson.
- 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 kidnapped
Astiz had infiltrated the group by pretending to have a kidnapped brother.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
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Just last year, over 200 Nigerian girls were kidnapped from their school by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More
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Cvetkovich claimed her husband had kidnapped her two young children and took off for Oregon in search of Masters.The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
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He became paranoid that his bride would be kidnapped, and told her to never go to the same place twice.Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer
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And VanDyke and Fischer had dinner with war correspondent Steven Sotloff mere weeks before he was kidnapped.‘Point and Shoot’ Captures the Birth of a Warrior on Film
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It was just a few days after the incident that the Arrillians kidnapped Tyndall.Grove of the Unborn
If I lose my way, or Hephzy is kidnapped, I'll speak to the police or telephone you.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
Wonder in the world to me you're not kidnapped for pantaloonses.The Manxman
Elucidate the accident, by which you had me kidnapped to be sold into slavery.The Sea-Hawk
Then she smiled faintly, and said, 'Wouldn't it be romantic to be kidnapped?'
- (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 kidnapped
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