hostage crisis

Definition of hostage crisis

  1. :  a situation in which someone is holding people as hostages

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a person held by one party in a conflict as a pledge pending the fulfillment of an agreement

    :  a person taken by force to secure the taker's demands

    :  one that is involuntarily controlled by an outside influence

  1. :  the turning point for better or worse in an acute disease or fever

    :  a paroxysmal attack of pain, distress, or disordered function

    :  an emotionally significant event or radical change of status in a person's life

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