kidnapping


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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 Kid, which still has an informal air, was considered low slang when kidnapper was formed, and napper is obsolete slang for a thief, coming from the verb nap, "to steal."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.kidnapping - (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonmentkidnapping - (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment
seizure, capture - the act of taking of a person by force
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
Translations
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kidnapping

kidnaping (US) [ˈkɪdnæpɪŋ] Nsecuestro m, rapto m, plagio m (Mex)

kidnapping

[ˈkɪdnæpɪŋ] nenlèvement m

kidnapping

nEntführung f, → Kidnapping nt

kidnapping

[ˈkɪdnæpɪŋ] nsequestro di persona
References in classic literature ?
Who's afraid of him, except the old governor who daresn't catch him and put him in double-darbies, as he deserves, but lets him go about kidnapping people; aye, and signed a bond with him, that all the people the devil kidnapped, he'd roast for him?
I sat in silence wondering what on earth could be his reason for kidnapping me in this extraordinary fashion.
The kidnapping of the artist, the death of the Comte de Chagny under such exceptional conditions, the disappearance of his brother, the drugging of the gas-man at the Opera and of his two assistants: what tragedies, what passions, what crimes had surrounded the idyll of Raoul and the sweet and charming Christine
In order to facilitate the children's studies, he presented them with an engraved geography which represented various scenes of the world; cannibals with feather head-dresses, a gorilla kidnapping a young girl, Arabs in the desert, a whale being harpooned, etc.
The ransom had been paid, and within ten days of the date of his kidnapping the future Lord Greystoke, none the worse for his experience, had been returned to his father's home.
But there is, nevertheless, many a petty trader that has navigated the Pacific whose course from island to island might be traced by a series of cold-blooded robberies, kidnappings, and murders, the iniquity of which might be considered almost sufficient to sink her guilty timbers to the bottom of the sea.
SSP Umar Tufail also claimed that the kidnapping of five persons within a week was deliberately conspiracy against police to deteriorate the condition of law and order in Shikarpur which was failed by the police.
Shikarpur -- Kidnapping for ransom is an old practice of dacoits to get financial benefits from the heirs of kidnapped persons because it's easy way to collect huge money within short time and such practice once again has been reemerged in Shikarpur.
Soon after the kidnapping of the boy, the Sindh governor taking notice of the incident directed the CPLC and law enforcement agencies to take action for his early recovery.
During his kidnapping, he was with at least 11 other bikers.
On the other hand, Interior Minister, Sohail Anwar Sial has taken notice of kidnapping the son of Murtaza Balcoh and issued directives for safe recovery of the kidnapped person.
According to Epoch Times, visiting a Latin American country puts you at a higher risk for express kidnapping, and countries like India, Libya, and Lebanon all have high rates of kidnapping.