Definition of Captive

1. Noun. A person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war.




2. Adjective. Being in captivity.
Exact synonyms: Confined, Imprisoned, Jailed
Similar to: Unfree
Derivative terms: Captivity, Captivity

3. Noun. An animal that is confined.
Generic synonyms: Animal, Animate Being, Beast, Brute, Creature, Fauna

4. Adjective. Giving or marked by complete attention to. "Wrapped in thought"
Exact synonyms: Absorbed, Engrossed, Enwrapped, Intent, Wrapped
Similar to: Attentive
Derivative terms: Intentness

5. Noun. A person held in the grip of a strong emotion or passion.
Generic synonyms: Emotional Person
Derivative terms: Captivate

Definition of Captive

1. n. A prisoner taken by force or stratagem, esp., by an enemy, in war; one kept in bondage or in the power of another.

2. a. Made prisoner, especially in war; held in bondage or in confinement.

3. v. t. To take prisoner; to capture.

Definition of Captive

1. Noun. a person who has been captured or is otherwise confined ¹

2. Noun. a person held prisoner ¹

3. Adjective. held prisoner; not free; confined ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Captive

1. a prisoner [n -S] - See also: prisoner

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Literary usage of Captive

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1. The Confessions of S. Augustine: Book I-X. by Augustine (1886)
"CHAPTER I. captive to a lawless passion, a man base and dishonourable would ... I fell headlong then into the love, with which I longed to be taken captive. ..."

2. Our Wild Indians: Thirty-three Years Personal Experience Among the Red Men by Richard Irving Dodge (1884)
"... over a captive — Cruelty of the Apaches — The Fate of Chihuahua — A Band of Fiends — Bound Naked to the Cactus — Left to Die — The Fate of captive Women ..."

3. Lessons in Elocution: Or, A Selection of Pieces in Prose and Verse for the by William Scott (1820)
"Scipio restoring the captive Lady to her Lover THOMSON. ... A noble virgin Conspicuous far o'er all the captive dames, Was murk'd the general's prize. ..."

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