1. A prisoner taken by force or stratagem, esp., by an enemy, in war; one kept in bondage or in the power of another.
Then, when I am thy captive, talk of chains. --Milton.
2. One charmed or subdued by beaty, excellence, or affection; one who is captivated.
1. Made prisoner, especially in war; held in bondage or in confinement.
A poor, miserable, captive thrall. --Milton.
2. Subdued by love; charmed; captivated.
Even in so short a space, my wonan's heart
Grossly grew captive to his honey words. --Shak.
3. Of or pertaining to bondage or confinement; serving to confine; as, captive chains; captive hours.
Cap·tive v. t. [imp. & p. p. Captived p. pr. & vb. n. Captiving.] To take prisoner; to capture.
Their inhabitans slaughtered and captived. --Burke.
adj 1: in captivity [syn: confined, imprisoned, jailed]
2: deeply moved; "sat completely still, enraptured by the
music"; "listened with rapt admiration"; "rapt in reverie"
[syn: enraptured, rapt]
n 1: a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war [syn:
2: an animal that is confined
3: a person held in the grip of a strong emotion or passion
one taken in war. Captives were often treated with great cruelty
and indignity (1 Kings 20:32; Josh. 10:24; Judg. 1:7; 2 Sam.
4:12; Judg. 8:7; 2 Sam. 12:31; 1 Chr. 20:3). When a city was
taken by assault, all the men were slain, and the women and
children carried away captive and sold as slaves (Isa. 20; 47:3;
2 Chr. 28:9-15; Ps. 44:12; Joel 3:3), and exposed to the most
cruel treatment (Nah. 3:10; Zech. 14:2; Esther 3:13; 2 Kings
8:12; Isa. 13:16, 18). Captives were sometimes carried away into
foreign countries, as was the case with the Jews (Jer. 20:5;
39:9, 10; 40:7).