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Definition of Captive


  1. A prisoner taken by force or stratagem, esp., by an enemy, in war; one kept in bondage or in the power of another.
  2. One charmed or subdued by beaty, excellence, or affection; one who is captivated.
  3. Made prisoner, especially in war; held in bondage or in confinement.
  4. Subdued by love; charmed; captivated.
  5. Of or pertaining to bondage or confinement; serving to confine; as, captive chains; captive hours.
  6. To take prisoner; to capture.

Captive Quotations

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.
Mark Caine

Anarchism is the great liberator of man from the phantoms that have held him captive; it is the arbiter and pacifier of the two forces for individual and social harmony.
Emma Goldman

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.
Frank Herbert

Until the rise of American advertising, it never occurred to anyone anywhere in the world that the teenager was a captive in a hostile world of adults.
Gore Vidal

What white woman, however lonely, was ever captive or insulted by me? Yet they say I am a bad Indian.
Sitting Bull
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Captive Translations

captive in German is gefangen
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