abduct


abduct
abduct, kidnap are sometimes employed without distinction as denoting to carry off (a person) surreptitiously for an illegal purpose.
In general use kidnap is the more specific term because it connotes seizure and detention for ransom. In law, however, the reverse is true, for the verbs acquire their meanings from the rigid technical definitions of kidnaping and abduction. Kidnaping is the legal term of wider application, implying that a person has been seized by violence or fraud and detained against his will or that of his legal guardian.
Abduction is the carrying off of a girl (usually one below the legal age of consent), either against her will or with her consent, for marriage or seduction. Consequently in law kidnaping and abduction and kidnap and abduct can be used interchangeably only when the person carried off is a girl below a fixed age, or when seizure and detention are against her will and the motive is marriage or rape.
Analogous words: seduce, entice, *lure, inveigle
Contrasted words: *rescue, ransom, redeem, deliver

New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.

Synonyms:
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  • abduct — ab·duct /ab dəkt, əb / vt: to carry or lead (a person) away by threat or use of force or often by fraud; also: to restrain or conceal (a person) for the purpose of preventing escape or rescue see also kidnapping ab·duc·tor / dək tər/ n Merriam… …   Law dictionary

  • Abduct — Ab*duct , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abducted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abducting}.] [L. abductus, p. p. of abducere. See {Abduce}.] 1. To take away surreptitiously by force; to carry away (a human being) wrongfully and usually by violence; to kidnap. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abduct — is a verb meaning to carry away . Specifically, it can refer to:* Abduction (kinesiology) extending a limb away from the body * Kidnappingee also* Abduction …   Wikipedia

  • abduct — (v.) to kidnap, 1834, probably a back formation from ABDUCTION (Cf. abduction); Cf. ABDUCE (Cf. abduce). Related: Abducted; abducting …   Etymology dictionary

  • abduct — [v] take by force and without permission carry off, dognap*, grab, kidnap, make off with, put the snatch on*, remove, seize, shanghai*, snatch, sneeze*, spirit away*; concept 139 Ant. give up, let go, release …   New thesaurus

  • abduct — ► VERB ▪ take (someone) away by force or deception. DERIVATIVES abductee noun abduction noun abductor noun. ORIGIN Latin abducere lead away …   English terms dictionary

  • abduct — [ab dukt′, əbdukt′] vt. [< L abductus, pp. of abducere, to lead away < ab , away + ducere, to lead: see DUCT] 1. to take (a person) away unlawfully and by force or fraud; kidnap 2. Physiol. to pull (a part of the body) away from the median… …   English World dictionary

  • abduct — v. (D; tr.) to abduct from (to abduct a child from its home) * * * (D; tr.) to abduct from (to abduct a child from its home) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • abduct — verb Abduct is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑alien Abduct is used with these nouns as the object: ↑child …   Collocations dictionary

  • abduct — UK [æbˈdʌkt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms abduct : present tense I/you/we/they abduct he/she/it abducts present participle abducting past tense abducted past participle abducted to take someone away from their home, family etc using force He …   English dictionary


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