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Stockholm syndrome

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noun Psychiatry.
an emotional attachment to a captor formed by a hostage as a result of continuous stress, dependence, and a need to cooperate for survival.
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Origin of Stockholm syndrome

After an incident in Stockholm in 1973, during which a bank employee became romantically attached to a robber who held her hostage
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British Dictionary definitions for Stockholm syndrome

Stockholm syndrome

noun
a psychological condition in which hostages or kidnap victims become sympathetic towards their captors

Word Origin for Stockholm syndrome

C20: after a group of hostages in Stockholm in 1973
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Medical definitions for Stockholm syndrome

Stockholm syndrome
[ stŏkhōlm′, -hōm′ ]

n.
A phenomenon in which a hostage begins to identify with and grow sympathetic to his or her captor.
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