abduction

abduction
(18c)
is the forcible leading away of a minor (with or without the minor's consent) for marriage or seduction or the breaking of a legal custodial arrangement for the children of divorced parents. Although there is some overlap in meaning with kidnap (late 17c), kidnapping is not restricted to minors and is usually done for the purpose of demanding a ransom from the victim's family or employers. The more recent hijacking (20c, of unknown origin) applies specifically to vehicles, especially aircraft. All three words have applied to the seizure and detention of political hostages in the Middle East since the 1980s and particularly in the first decade of the 21c. Carjacking is an urban development of the 1990s and still features widely in news reports, where carjack appears as a verb and a noun

• (Police said the violence used was the worst they had come across in the 30 carjack incidents in the area since the start of the year —Times, 1994

• Three axe-wielding thieves robbed a cash van, crashed a stolen car into a bus and carjacked a woman in Timperley yesterday morning —Manchester Evening News, 2007).


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Abduction — • May be considered as a public crime and a matrimonial diriment impediment Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Abduction     Abduction      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • abduction — [ abdyksjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1541; lat. abductio ♦ Physiol. Mouvement qui écarte un membre ou une partie quelconque du plan médian du corps. ⊗ CONTR. Adduction. ● abduction nom féminin (latin abductio, action d enlever, de séparer) Mouvement qui… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • ABDUCTION — (or Manstealing; Heb. גְּנֵבַת נֶפֶשׁ, genevat nefesh), stealing of a human being for capital gain. According to the Bible, abduction is a capital offense. He who kidnaps a man – whether he has sold him or is still holding him – shall be put to… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • abduction — ab·duc·tion /ab dək shən, əb / n 1 a: the action of abducting abduction of a robbery victim b: the tort or felony of abducting a person 2: the unlawful carrying away of a wife or female child or ward for the purpose of marriage or sexual… …   Law dictionary

  • Abduction — may refer to:Abduction of a person or people* Kidnapping, as a near synonym in criminal law, but sometimes used particularly in cases involving a woman or child ** Bride kidnapping ** Child abduction, the abduction or kidnapping of a young child… …   Wikipedia

  • Abduction — Título Sin salida (España) Identidad secreta (Argentina) Sin escape (México) Ficha técnica Dirección John Singleton Producción Doug Davison …   Wikipedia Español

  • Abduction — Ab*duc tion, n. [L. abductio: cf. F. abduction.] 1. The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; a carrying away. Roget. [1913 Webster] 2. (Physiol.) The movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abduction — (n.) 1620s, a leading away, from L. abductionem (nom. abductio), noun of action from pp. stem of abducere to lead away, take away (often by force), from ab away (see AB (Cf. ab )) + ducere to lead (see DUKE (Cf. duke) (n.)). The illegal activity… …   Etymology dictionary

  • abduction — [n] taking away by force appropriation, kidnapping, rape, seizure, theft; concepts 90,139 …   New thesaurus

  • abduction — [ab duk′shən, əbduk′shən] n. [LL abductio: see ABDUCT] 1. an abducting or being abducted 2. Law the carrying off of a person by force or fraud; esp., the kidnapping of a woman for marriage, prostitution, etc. 3. Physiol. a) an abducting of a part …   English World dictionary

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