prisoner of war


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prisoner of war

n. pl. prisoners of war
A person taken by or surrendering to enemy forces in wartime.

prisoner of war

n
(Military) a person, esp a serviceman, captured by an enemy in time of war. Abbreviation: POW

pris′oner of war`


n.
a person who is captured and held by an enemy during war, esp. a member of the armed forces. Abbr.: POW

prisoner of war

A detained person as defined in Articles 4 and 5 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War of August 12, 1949. In particular, one who, while engaged in combat under orders of his or her government, is captured by the armed forces of the enemy. As such, he or she is entitled to the combatant's privilege of immunity from the municipal law of the capturing state for warlike acts which do not amount to breaches of the law of armed conflict. For example, a prisoner of war may be, but is not limited to, any person belonging to one of the following categories who has fallen into the power of the enemy: a member of the armed forces, organized militia or volunteer corps; a person who accompanies the armed forces without actually being a member thereof; a member of a merchant marine or civilian aircraft crew not qualifying for more favorable treatment; or individuals who, on the approach of the enemy, spontaneously take up arms to resist the invading forces. Also called POW or PW.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prisoner of war - a person who surrenders to (or is taken by) the enemy in time of warprisoner of war - a person who surrenders to (or is taken by) the enemy in time of war
captive, prisoner - a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
Translations
سَجين حَرْب، أسير
válečný zajateczajatec
krigsfange
sotavanki
hadifogoly
stríðsfangistríîsfangi
vojnový zajatec
savaş tutsağı
бранець

prisoner of war

nprigioniero/a di guerra

prison

(ˈprizn) noun
a building in which criminals are kept; a jail. He was sent to prison; He is in prison.
ˈprisoner noun
anyone who has been captured and is held against his will as a criminal, in a war etc. The prisoners escaped from jail.
prisoner of warplural prisoners of war
– a member of the armed forces captured in a war.
take/keep/hold prisoner
to (capture and) confine (a person) against his will. Many soldiers were killed and the rest taken prisoner; She was kept prisoner in a locked room.
References in classic literature ?
But with the closing sentence his hand began to curve and steal forward; and the instant the "Amen" was out the fly was a prisoner of war.
He can safely ride into the hostile ranks and become a prisoner of war.
I encouraged the fellow by granting all he desired; and, as an addition, I gave him the savage whom we had taken prisoner of war to be his slave, and ordered the governor Spaniard to give him his share of everything he wanted with the rest.
It will go well indeed with Herr Hauptmann Fritz Schneider if he brings in the famous Tarzan of the Apes as a prisoner of war.
Dr Ambuhl says: It is ironic that the term prisoner of war was first expressed in the French language, in an English court but Anglo-Norman was routinely used to record legal matters.
The court besides issuing a notice has also directed the government to file a case in the International Court of Justice, for seeking his release, as a prisoner of war, under the Simla Agreement signed between India and Pakistan for release of the prisoners of war.
Patrick Geeleher, from Old Swan, said his grandad, Harry Hill, spent 31/2 years in a prisoner of war camp in Japan.
e men are believed to have died between August and December 1918 at Heilsberg prisoner of war camp in the east of Germany - the region was ceded to Poland after the Second World War and Heilsberg is now Lidzbark Warminski.
During this visit, the ninth since the prisoner of war was interned, messages containing news of a strictly personal nature between him and his family were delivered and collected," said Lorenzo Caraffi, head of the ICRC delegation in Yerevan.
South Sudan also "calls on Khartoum to release the 7 SPLA members it holds as prisoner of war, if they have not been killed" the same Twitter account reported.
If anyone had a morsel of bread he gave it to me," Ibn Ishaq, an early biographer of the Prophet (peace be upon him), wrote quoting a prisoner of war.
ISLAMABAD, April 29, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Leading rights activist Ansar Burney Thursday claimed that he had traced an Indian prisoner of war captured during the 1971 war in a jail in Pakistan.

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