Stockholm syndrome

noun
Stock·​holm syndrome | \ ˈstäk-ˌhō(l)m- How to pronounce Stockholm syndrome (audio) \

Definition of Stockholm syndrome

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

First Known Use of Stockholm syndrome

1978, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Stockholm syndrome

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

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“Stockholm syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Stockholm%20syndrome. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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Stockholm syndrome

noun
Stock·​holm syndrome | \ ˈstäk-ˌhō(l)m- How to pronounce Stockholm syndrome (audio) \

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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