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English definition of “Stockholm syndrome”

Stockholm syndrome

noun [U]     /ˈstɒk.həʊmˌsɪn.drəʊm/ US  /ˈstɑːk.hoʊmˌsɪn.droʊm/
the situation when a person who has been taken prisoner starts to like or trust the person or people who have taken them: In hostage-taking situations, it is not uncommon for Stockholm syndrome to develop.
(Definition of Stockholm syndrome noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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