Kidnapped
Kidnap Kid"nap` (k[i^]d"n[a^]p`), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kidnaped} (k[i^]d"n[a^]pt`) or {Kidnapped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Kidnaping} or {Kidnapping}.] [Kid a child + Prov. E. nap to seize, to grasp. Cf. {Knab}, {Knap}, {Nab}.] To take (any one) by force or fear, and against one's will, with intent to carry to another place. --Abbott. [1913 Webster]

You may reason or expostulate with the parents, but never attempt to kidnap their children, and to make proselytes of them. --Whately. [1913 Webster]

Note: Originally used only of stealing children, but now extended in application to any human being, involuntarily abducted.


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Kidnapped — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel Kidnapped – Tödlicher Sumpf Originaltitel Held for Ransom …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Kidnapped — Kid|napped (1886) an adventure story by Robert Louis Stevenson about a young man called David Balfour who is kidnapped, but escapes. He and his friend Alan Breck see a man being killed, and people think that they did it, so they run away and… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Kidnapped — /kid napt/, n. a novel (1886) by Robert Louis Stevenson. * * * …   Universalium

  • kidnapped — adjective subjected to kidnapping …   Wiktionary

  • kiDNApped — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. abducted, held for ransom, taken hostage, seized, captured, made off with, transported, ravished, stolen, raped, carried away, carried off, shanghaied, waylaid, manhandled, kept under duress, held in durance vile,… …   English dictionary for students

  • kidnapped —  , kidnapper, kidnapping …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • kidnapped — adj. stolen, abducted, taken away against one s will (of a child or person) kid·nap || kɪdnæp v. abduct, steal, take away by force (of a child or person) …   English contemporary dictionary

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