English-German translation for "hostage"

"hostage" German translation

[ˈh(ɒ)stidʒ]noun | Substantiv s

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  • Geiselfeminine | Femininum f
    hostage person being held hostage
    hostage person being held hostage
  • Geiselhaftfeminine | Femininum f
    hostage rare | seltenselten (state of being held hostage)
    hostage rare | seltenselten (state of being held hostage)
  • Unterpfandneuter | Neutrum n
    hostage rare | seltenselten (pledge)
    hostage rare | seltenselten (pledge)
Der Hunger brachte die Soldaten dazu, Geiseln zu nehmen, um Lösegeld zu erpressen.
Hunger drove the armies to take hostages for ransom.
Source: News-Commentary
Die bloße Drohung hätte die syrische Regierung in Geiselhaft halten können.
The mere threat could have held the Syrian government hostage.
Source: News-Commentary
Wir dürfen nicht zulassen, dass sich der Nahost-Friedensprozess des Barcelona-Prozesses bemächtigt.
We must not allow the Barcelona process to become a hostage to the Middle East peace process.
Source: Europarl
Wir appellieren an die Guerillagruppen, die übrigen Geiseln freizulassen.
We call upon the guerilla groups to release the other hostages.
Source: Europarl
Noch ist er keine Geisel der Bürokratie, aber er verliert regelmäßig größere Schlachten.
He's not yet a hostage of the bureaucracy, but he regularly loses major battles.
Source: News-Commentary
Unsere Interessen sind in Wahrheit Geißeln unserer Ideen.
Our interests are in fact hostage to our ideas.
Source: News-Commentary
Britische Soldaten als Geiseln in Sierra Leone.
British soldiers held hostage in Sierra Leone
Source: Europarl
Wir hoffen gewiß alle, daß Sankoh nunmehr die Freilassung der restlichen Geiseln beschleunigt.
I am sure we all hope that Sankoh will now accelerate the release of the remaining hostages.
Source: Europarl

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