Definition of Stockholm syndrome in English:

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Stockholm syndrome

noun

Feelings of trust or affection felt in certain cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim toward a captor.
Example sentences
  • The tone of the article might lead one to believe that she is a victim of Stockholm syndrome, but her pre-kidnap views appear to have placed her in the corner of her captors as well.
  • He may also be suffering from the political equivalent of Stockholm syndrome, where a victim comes to identify with the objectives of his captors.
  • Another common complication in hostage situations is a human defense mechanism called the Stockholm syndrome, in which hostages come to empathize with the captors and their cause.

Origin

1970s: with reference to a bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Syllabification: Stock·holm syn·drome

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