captor

noun
cap·​tor | \ ˈkap-tər How to pronounce captor (audio) , -ˌtȯr \

Definition of captor

: one that has captured a person or thing

Examples of captor in a Sentence

The men fought their captors and escaped.
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, on a distant alien planet, Sara (Lotz) gets well-acquainted with her captor, Bishop (Raffi Barsoumian), who lets her in on his evil plan via an old-school presentation on a projector. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, 3 June 2021 The technique gives the film an elegiac, handmade quality that amplifies the reminiscences of elderly Auschwitz survivors who recall a Slovakian Jewish woman's shocking relationship with her SS captor. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 13 May 2021 In this August 30, 2019, photo, Layla Taloo visits the Ninewa Palace Hotel, where she was once brought by her Islamic State militant captor in Mosul, Iraq. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2021 As a metaphor for the artist’s relationship to institutions — with Da Corte, for example, as the sunshiny innocent, and the Met as his captor — the reference would be too easy. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2021 This means that throughout Chloe's life, Diane has inflicted all kinds torture and abuse on her in order to make Chloe vulnerable and dependent on her captor, creating the illusion and then the reality of disability and illness. Rosie Knight, refinery29.com, 3 Apr. 2021 This means that throughout Chloe's life, Diane has inflicted all kinds torture and abuse on her in order to make Chloe vulnerable and dependent on her captor, creating the illusion and then the reality of disability and illness. Rosie Knight, refinery29.com, 3 Apr. 2021 For instance, Cohen discovered that the farm owned by Margaret Morgan’s captor Edward Prigg abuts the Underground Railroad station of Swallowfield. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, 27 Feb. 2021 Her alleged captor was booked on human trafficking and other charges. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of captor

circa 1688, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for captor

Late Latin, from Latin capere

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The first known use of captor was circa 1688

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17 Jun 2021

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“Captor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/captor. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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captor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of captor

: someone who has captured a person and is keeping that person as a prisoner

captor

noun
cap·​tor | \ ˈkap-tər How to pronounce captor (audio) \

Kids Definition of captor

: someone who has captured a person or thing

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