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Definition of Captive

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

I would have the Constitution torn in shreds and scattered to the four winds of heaven. Let us destroy the Constitution and build on its ruins the temple of liberty. I have brothers in slavery. I have seen chains placed on their limbs and beheld them captive.
William Wells Brown

What breadth, what beauty and power of human nature and development there must be in a woman to get over all the palisades, all the fences, within which she is held captive!
Alexander Herzen
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Captive Translations

captive in German is gefangen
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