Definition of hostage-taking in English:

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[mass noun]
The act of seizing or holding a person as security for the fulfilment of a condition: with the recent escalation of hostilities comes the tactic of hostage-taking [count noun]: sabotage and hostage-takings by community activists
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  • In most societies, such activities as the killing of prisoners, hostage-taking, and the killing of civilians are deemed to be war crimes.
  • We are concerned that the government is sanctioning extra-judicial executions, hostage-taking, torture and violence in the run-up to the presidential elections.
  • Some guerrillas have created a grisly business on the side: hostage-taking for revenge and (especially) profit.
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