kidnap

kidnap
kid·nap /'kid-ˌnap/ vt kid·napped or kid·naped /-ˌnapt/, kid·nap·ping, or, kid·nap·ing, /-ˌna-piŋ/ [probably back-formation from kidnapper, from kid child + obsolete napper thief]: to seize and confine or carry away by force or fraud and often with a demand for ransom
kid·nap·per or kid·nap·er /-ˌna-pər/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

kidnap
I verb abduct, bear off, capture, carry off, convey away, ensnare, hold for ransom, impress, put under duress, run away with, run off with, seize, shanghai, snatch, spirit away, steal away, take away, take by force, unlawfully seize, waylay associated concepts: false imprisonment foreign phrases:
- A piratis aut latronibus captl liberi permanent — Persons captured by pirates or robbers remain free
II index abduct, carry away

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


kidnap
v.
To unlawfully and forcibly take and carry away a person.
n.
kidnapping

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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