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
Words nearby Stockholm syndrome
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British Dictionary definitions for Stockholm syndrome
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
[ stŏk′hōlm′, -hōm′ ]
A phenomenon in which a hostage begins to identify with and grow sympathetic to his or her captor.
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