ab·​duct·​ee ˌab-ˌdək-ˈtē How to pronounce abductee (audio)
: a person who has been abducted

Examples of abductee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the innocent abductees included party-goers from the festival. Gabriele Regalbuto, Fox News, 18 Oct. 2023 Saturday's cold open brought back McKinnon's Miss Rafferty -- an alien abductee who goes through a rougher experience than her counterparts. Frank Pallotta, CNN, 22 May 2022 Her comic chops with characters like alien abductee Colleen Rafferty frequently drove castmates and guest hosts to lose it live on air. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 May 2022 Within days, the charred remains of a new abductee, Arab teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir, were found in the Jerusalem Forest, enraging the Palestinian community. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Soon after, in 2006, she was chosen to represent former abductees at a series of peace talks between the LRA and the Ugandan government. John Okot, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Apr. 2020 Five abductees were then allowed to return to Japan. Alastair Gale, WSJ, 14 June 2018 Over four months, two of the kidnapping ring’s leaders—Ebenezer Johnson and his wife, Sally—marched Scomp and six other abductees hundreds of miles to the Deep South. Eric Herschthal, The New Republic, 16 Oct. 2019 Some of the abductees were tortured and dumped by the wayside, while others were never seen again. Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of abductee was in 1832

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“Abductee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abductee. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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