Stockholm syndrome

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

Definition of Stockholm syndrome

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

Origin and Etymology 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


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Stockholm syndrome

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

Medical Definition of Stockholm syndrome

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

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