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synonyms for hostage

  • captive
  • prisoner
  • victim
  • earnest
  • guaranty
  • pawn
  • pledge
  • scapegoat
  • security
  • surety
  • token
  • sacrificial lamb
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antonyms for hostage

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  • captor
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How to use hostage in a sentence

Pelosi has insisted for months that state and local aid would be in any final bill, but as time is running out, Democrats appear unwilling to hold the rest of the package hostage over the demand.
THE NEXT ROUND OF STIMULUS WILL LIKELY LOSE SUPPORT FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTSRACHEL SCHALLOMDECEMBER 15, 2020FORTUNE
Living in Rio is like “being a hostage to violence,” says Rafael César, who lives in the neighborhood of Cordovil, west of the city.
THE APPS KEEPING RIO’S RESIDENTS SAFE FROM STRAY BULLETSNIALL FIRTHNOVEMBER 26, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
In it, he argues that conversations—at least the really hard ones—are too important to entrust solely to traditional “professionals” like facilitators, mediators, psychologists, or hostage negotiators.
HARD CONVERSATIONS NEED GREAT DESIGNCLAYCHANDLERNOVEMBER 24, 2020FORTUNE
The threat to Democratic unity is as much from within as it is from outside, however, with slim margins potentially empowering rival blocs inside the Democratic ranks to band together and hold legislation hostage.
‘WE’RE IN THE FOXHOLE TOGETHER’: HOUSE DEMOCRATS RECKON WITH A DIMINISHED MAJORITYMIKE DEBONISNOVEMBER 23, 2020WASHINGTON POST
This August, the final captives held hostage by Somali pirates were finally released after an excruciatingly long captivity.
PIRACY IS THRIVING OFF THE COAST OF WEST AFRICA DESPITE COVID NEARLY CRUSHING GLOBAL MARINE TRAFFICKDUNN6NOVEMBER 20, 2020FORTUNE
She was held as a hostage in Jamestown in an effort to restore peace between the Indians and the English.
HALLOWED HERITAGE: THE LIFE OF VIRGINIADOROTHY M. TORPEY
I am summoned hither, so I come, but it may be necessary to secure a hostage for my safe conduct outside the walls again.
THE RED YEARLOUIS TRACY
The chiefs, in retiring from the conference, took with them Captain Trevor as a hostage.
THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND IN THREE VOLUMES, VOL.III.E. FARR AND E. H. NOLAN
Vehement the words of Wise, who imagined that the Yankees had seized one of his children as a hostage for himself.
THE BOYS OF '61CHARLES CARLETON COFFIN.
With such a town, and such a hostage, all Asiatic Siberia must necessarily fall into the hands of the invaders.
MICHAEL STROGOFFJULES VERNE
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO HOSTAGE

  • bondman
  • bondservant
  • bondwoman
  • con
  • convict
  • detainee
  • hostage
  • internee
  • prisoner
  • prisoner of war
  • slave
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