Is it correct to say “...a young man who had been ‘disappeared’.”

I need this to align with a statement used earlier in the text: “Many civilians simply ‘disappeared’ with no trace found afterwards.”

Many thanks in advance for all input.

  • Disappear can certainly be used as a transitive verb, as in "had been disappeared".
    – Andrew Leach
    Aug 14, 2015 at 16:37
  • Particularly in some South American countries, people who are arrested by quasi-government militias and either secretly imprisoned or executed are said to have been "disappeared" (or the Spanish/Portuguese equivalent). The quote marks around disappeared in your above quotation suggest that this meaning is intended.
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 14, 2015 at 17:05
  • @HotLicks exactly. That was the intended meaning.
    – nagaya
    Aug 14, 2015 at 17:28
  • I don't know about "correctness" but it loses the effect if you structure the sentence as if it's a drop-in replacement for murdered, even though it basically means the same thing. The whole point is to allude to the tyrants' "official"(falsified) report made to "alleviate worries" or absolve "wrongful allegations"(hide the truth) by quoting their words, so the sentence should be structured like how they'd report it, which certainly wouldn't be "had been disappeared" I'd suggest just writing a young man who had "disappeared" and using tonal inflection, possibly with air quotes, in speech.
    – Tonepoet
    Aug 15, 2015 at 2:03


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