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noun, Psychiatry.
an emotional attachment to a captor formed by a hostage as a result of continuous stress, dependence, and a need to cooperate for survival.
Stockholm syndrome
a psychological condition in which hostages or kidnap victims become sympathetic towards their captors

Stockholm syndrome Stock·holm 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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