Synonyms for abduction

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It was more like abduction complicated with assault and battery.

And were you a party to the abduction of this innocent creature?

No Venusian had ever been in those rooms before the abduction.

It should be the same in cases of abduction of female minors.

Go back to school, Sir John, to learn that abduction is not piracy.

Have you heard nothing of the abduction of the only son of the Duke of Holdernesse?

At the door of the New Inns, Mr. Spencer was laying forth a theory of abduction.

It was I who planned your abduction and got him to execute it.

All doubt was removed as to the abduction of Fred Greenwood.

The abduction of Miss Cresswell is merely a means to an end.

WORD ORIGIN

1620s, "a leading away," from Latin abductionem (nominative abductio), noun of action from past participle stem of abducere "to lead away, take away" (often by force), from ab- "away" (see ab-) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). The illegal activity so called from 1768; before that the word also was a term in surgery and logic. In the Mercian hymns, Latin abductione is glossed by Old English wiðlaednisse.

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nouncatching, forceful holding
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