A person who abducts and holds someone captive, especially for ransom.
From the verb kidnap, from kid ("child") + nap ("to steal"). first recorded in english in the 18th century.
- The kidnapper demanded a large sum of money in exchange for the safe return of the child.
- The police were able to track down the kidnapper and rescue the victim.
- The kidnapper was finally caught by the authorities and sentenced to life in prison.
- Many families live in fear of kidnappers targeting their children.
- The kidnapper threatened to harm the hostage if the ransom was not paid.
Some random words: felicitous, goblin, elude