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Stockholm syndrome

noun Stock·holm syndrome \ˈstäk-ˌhō(l)m-\

Definition of STOCKHOLM SYNDROME

:  the psychological tendency of a hostage to bond with, identify with, or sympathize with his or her captor

Origin of STOCKHOLM SYNDROME

from a 1973 robbery attempt in Stockholm, Sweden, during which bank employees held hostage developed sympathetic feelings toward their captors
First Known Use: 1978

Stockholm syndrome

noun Stock·holm syndrome \ˈstäk-ˌhō(l)m-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of STOCKHOLM SYNDROME

:  the psychological tendency of a hostage to bond with, identify with, or sympathize with his or her captor

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