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captor

[kap-ter] /ˈkæp tər/
noun
1.
a person who has captured a person or thing.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Late Latin, equivalent to cap(ere) to take + -tor -tor
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  • His captors took him to an isolated house in southern caracas.
  • He was ransomed by his captors and the trinitarians and returned to his family in madrid.
British Dictionary definitions for captors

captor

/ˈkæptə/
noun
1.
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 captors

captor

n.

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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