abductee

noun
ab·​duct·​ee | \ ˌab-ˌdək-ˈtē How to pronounce abductee (audio) \

Definition of abductee

: a person who has been abducted

Examples of abductee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Once migrants get into the vehicle, the drivers take them to an undisclosed location and dial every American number on their abductee’s contact list in an effort to fetch the highest ransom possible. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 July 2019 In 1997, the 23-year-old Bourdin pretended to be teenage abductee Nicholas Barclay of San Antonio, Texas, who had been missing for three years. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2019 In addition, more than 3,800 South Koreans have been abducted by North Korea since 1953, according to advocacy groups for the families of South Koreans and Japanese abductees. NBC News, 11 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of abductee

1832, in the meaning defined above

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30 Mar 2022

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“Abductee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abductee. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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