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[kap-ter] /ˈkæp tər/
a person who has captured a person or thing.
Origin of captor
1640-50; < Late Latin, equivalent to cap(ere) to take + -tor -tor Unabridged
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  • He sprang towards his captor in an ineffectual attempt to hit him, or to scratch out his eyes with his finger nails.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • His captor chuckled for a few moments and then called out in Russian.

    Poisoned Air Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • Demurrage is generally given against a captor for unjustifiable detention.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • If he is caught, he pays his captor ten arrow heads ransom for his life.

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  • Each turned towards Sir Blaise, swaying over the clasped arms of his captor.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • He led the way into the tent, raising the flap for Jimmie and his captor to pass.

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British Dictionary definitions for captor


a person or animal that holds another captive
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from capere to take
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Word Origin and History for captor

1680s, from Latin captor "a catcher," agent noun from captus, past participle of capere "to take" (see capable). Earlier it meant "censor" (1640s). Fem. form captress recorded from 1867.

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