kidnaper


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kid·nap

 (kĭd′năp′)
tr.v. kid·napped, kid·nap·ping, kid·naps or kid·naped or kid·nap·ing
To abduct or confine (a person) forcibly, by threat of force, or by deceit, without the authority of law.

[kid, child + nap, to snatch (perhaps variant of nab or of Scandinavian origin ).]

kid′nap·pee′, kid′nap·ee′ (kĭd′nă-pē′) n.
kid′nap′ n.
kid′nap′per, kid′nap′er n.
Word History: Kidnapper seems to have originated among those who perpetrate this crime. We know this because kid and napper, the two parts of the compound, were slang of the sort that criminals used. Kid, which still has an informal air, was considered low slang when kidnapper was formed, and napper is obsolete slang for a thief, coming from the verb nap, "to steal." Nap is possibly a variant of nab, which also still has a slangy ring. In the second half of the 1600s, when the word kidnapper begins to appear in English, kidnappers plied their trade to secure laborers for plantations in colonies such as the ones in North America. The term later took on the broader sense that it has today. The verb kidnap begins to be attested a bit later than kidnapper and is possibly a back-formation from kidnapper—that is, the suffix -er was removed from kidnapper to create a new verb kidnap.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kidnaper - someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom)kidnaper - someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom)
captor, capturer - a person who captures and holds people or animals
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
crimper, crimp - someone who tricks or coerces men into service as sailors or soldiers
seizer, shanghaier - a kidnapper who drugs men and takes them for compulsory service aboard a ship
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Kidnapped boys rescued without paying agreed ransom money of 4 millions: The district police after twenty four hours' search operation have successfully rescued the kidnapped boys from the clutches of armed kidnapers, however, taking advantage of darkness and hilly series the kidnappers managed to escape.
The relatives of the Haji Khan has paid Rs 4 million as ransom and kept continued negotiation with kidnapers and brought the matter into the knowledge of Hazro Police.
Police said the alleged kidnapers were identified as AnwaarulHaq and Bilal Ali, whereas two of their accomplices managed to flee.
The kidnapers were not politically or ideologically motivated and they seem to have been youth who wanted to make a statement about their unemployment situation.
Summary: An Emirati citizen kidnapped in Nigeria was yesterday released safely and his kidnapers were arrested, the UAE Ministry of Interior announced today