Captor


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CAPTOR, war. One who has taken property from an enemy; this term is also employed to designate one who has taken an enemy.
     2. Formerly, goods taken in war were adjudged to belong to the captor; they are now considered to vest primarily, in the state or sovereign, and belong to the individual captors only to the extent that the municipal laws provide.
     3. Captors are responsible to the owners of the property for all losses and damages, when the capture is tortious and without reasonable cause in the exercise of belligerent rights. But if the capture is originally justifiable, the captors will not be responsible, unless by subsequent misconduct they become trespassers ab initio. i Rob. R. 93, 96. See 2 Gall. 374; 1 Gall. 274; 1 Pet. Adm. Dee. 116; 1 Mason, R. 14.

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Three quarters of an hour from the time of his seizure his captors dropped gently to earth in the strangest city that human eye had ever rested upon.
All those busy and ingenious speculations were now annihilated by the conduct of his captors.
As he performed this office, he whispered his reviving hopes in the ears of the trembling females, who, through dread of encountering the savage countenances of their captors, seldom raised their eyes from the ground.
Toward these our captors urged us, and after a short time led us through a narrow pass into a tiny, circular valley.
They wore no ornaments; but this I later learned was due to the fact that their captors had stripped them of everything of value.
But when, late in the afternoon, we arrived at their encampment, I discovered that my captors were cavalrymen.
But I whiled away my time in performing the duties given me to the best of my ability and attempting to learn the language of my captors.
My master was always kind to me, and under him I rapidly learned the language of my captors, and much concerning them that had been a mystery to me before.
The girl but tilted her chin a bit higher in the air--even her back proclaimed her utter contempt for her captors.
His captors were leading him to a hut where he might be confined and guarded against the coming of the nocturnal orgy that would mark his torture-laden death.
One of these girls was bought with her toddler sister by his captor and was taken to his wife.
An upgraded BAE Systems Eurofighter Typhoon development aircraft has already undergone a series of modifications as part of ongoing Captor E-Scan development.