Kidnap

Kid"nap`

(kd"np`), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kidnaped (kd"npt`) or Kidnapped; p. pr. & vb. n. Kidnaping or Kidnapping.] [Kid a child + Prov. E. nap to seize, to grasp. Cf. Knab, Knap, Nab.] To take (any one) by force or fear, and against one's will, with intent to carry to another place. Abbott.
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You may reason or expostulate with the parents, but never attempt to kidnap their children, and to make proselytes of them.
Whately.
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Originally used only of stealing children, but now extended in application to any human being, involuntarily abducted.

{

Kid"nap`er

(kd"np`r), or

Kid"nap`per

}, n. One who steals or forcibly carries away a human being; a manstealer.
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