be taken captive VS be taken over

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PeachYoghurt

Senior Member
Mandarin
My friend wrote:
Tom was a Christian. But a year ago, he gave up his belief and became a drug dealer.
a) He is taken captive by Satan.
b) He is taken over by Satan.

Question: Do the two sentences mean the same?
 
  • bibliolept

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    AE, Español
    In this figurative context, that is roughly right. Obviously, in literal terms, being taken over and being taken captive do not have the same precise meaning, are far from interchangeable, and would rarely even be used in similar contexts.
     
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