As synonyms for kidnapping, is there any difference between Take and Steal. The question raised to me based on two movie titles with almost identical plot:
Stolen (Starring Nicolas Cage) and Taken (Starring Liam Neeson).
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Stolen has within it's meaning that:
The thing wasn't yours to take.
The object (or being) was (usually) taken in stealth.
With "taken" the same meaning is forced:
You can steal a cookie, (that you weren't supposed to take, when nobody is looking) but, if you take a cookie - it may have been offered to you from a plate, in front of a group of people.