The definition of "Kidnap"

Posted January 26th, 2011 by vaporstation
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kid·nap   
[kid-nap] Show IPA
–verb (used with object), -napped or -naped, -nap·ping or -nap·ing.
to steal, carry off, or abduct by force or fraud, esp. for use as a hostage or to extract ransom.
Origin:
1675–85; kid1 + nap, var. of nab

—Related forms
kid·nap·pee, kid·nap·ee, noun
kid·nap·per, kid·nap·er, noun
un·kid·naped, adjective
un·kid·napped, adjective

—Can be confused:  hijack, kidnap, shanghai, skyjack.

—Synonyms
seize, bear off, bear away.

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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2011.

I thought it was a bit

vaporstation 4 years 26 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago

I thought it was a bit over-dramatic the first few times I heard the FTL crew referring to arrest as kidnapping, but the definition is pretty telling.

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