• WordNet 3.6
    • v kidnap take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom "The industrialist's son was kidnapped"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A judge in Louisville decided a jury went "a little bit too far" in recommending a sentence of 5,005 years for a man who was convicted of five robberies and a kidnapping. The judge reduced the sentence to 1,001 years.
    • v. t Kidnap kĭd"năp` To take (any one) by force or fear, and against one's will, with intent to carry to another place.☞ Originally used only of stealing children, but now extended in application to any human being, involuntarily abducted. "You may reason or expostulate with the parents, but never attempt to kidnap their children, and to make proselytes of them."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • kidnap To steal, abduct, or carry off forcibly (a human being, whether man, woman, or child). In law it sometimes implies a carrying beyond the jurisdiction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Kidnap kid′nap to steal, as a human being
    • pr.p Kidnap kid′napping; pa.t. and pa.p. kid′napped
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  • Andy Warhol
    “Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Kid, a child + Prov. E. nap, to seize, to grasp. Cf. Knab Knap Nab


In literature:

And I shouldn't be surprised if they tried just to kidnap you.
"The Camp Fire Girls on the Farm" by Jane L. Stewart
Ever since that attempt at kidnapping Lucy that you so happily frustrated I have never felt easy about her.
"Humphrey Bold" by Herbert Strang
The Medic had accepted his kidnapping with such docility that the very ease of their departure began to bother Dane.
"Plague Ship" by Andre Norton
Afterwards they were falsely accused of kidnapping him.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
I had been kidnapped against Don Balthasar Riego's will.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
D'ye think she might have been kidnapped, now?
"Marjorie at Seacote" by Carolyn Wells
This man may try to kidnap you.
"From the Valley of the Missing" by Grace Miller White
The hint of kidnap went out early.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
Kidnapping was not at all uncommon then in both the Old World and the New, and they seemed to have laid their plans well.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He laid the paper on his knee, and began to consider the facts of the kidnapping, as he remembered them from the newspaper reports.
"The Admirable Tinker" by Edgar Jepson

In poetry:

E'en the maid
With whom he frets me--with the hope of whom
He seemed to joy in paying me the service,
Which he would not allow me to do gratis -
This very maid is not his daughter--no,
She is a kidnapped Christian child.
"Nathan The Wise - Act IV" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

Kidnapped boy, 8, to remain in state custody.
It will be a while longer before an 8-year-old boy who was kidnapped when he was just an infant will be reunited with his real family.
Ardmore police said they arrested a mother and son Wednesday in connection with a rape/kidnapping case.
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Pennsylvania police have released incredible surveillance video showing a mans escape from a kidnapping in Sheraden.
A grand jury in New York handed down a murder indictment to Pedro Hernandez, the suspect accused of kidnapping and murdering Etan Patz.
Jasmine Beaumont-Morgan with Poppy who was kidnapped and then offered for a $30 ransom.
Wife of Dodger's catcher delivers baby on Wis. 2 men kidnap teenager.
The former Birmingham and CNN journalist was kidnapped by Hezbollah more than 20 years ago, but since then has become involved in non-violent peace activism in the West Bank.
In 1978, the cinemaniac Dear Leader kidnapped the South Korean director (né Shin Sang-ok) and his actress wife, employing them in the North for eight years.
Kidnapped Man Found in Police Detective 's Garage.
A kidnapped man was found inside a police detective 's garage in Queens this past Saturday.
Religious wackos, potheads, burnouts and a kidnapped child.
A probable cause hearing has been set for two Steubenville High School student-athletes accused of kidnapping and raping a girl.
There was little public discussion last fall when Miami commissioners voted unanimously to pay $550,000 to a 31-year-old working mom who had been kidnapped and raped by a city police officer in his patrol car.
San Juan teen randomly kidnapped, found in Reynosa.

In science:

We can imagine dozens of different criminal purposes for which the primitive individuals could be kidnapped, tortured and even killed, including ab ject topics such as ‘high gastronomy’ and sadist games.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
The killers also kidnapped three girls during the same attack, authorities said, and one of the girls was found wounded on a nearby road.
Centroid-based summarization of multiple documents: sentence extraction, utility-based evaluation, and user studies
One of four people accused along with former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has agreed to testify against him in a case involving possible hijacking and kidnapping charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization