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[trou-muh-tahyz, traw-] /ˈtraʊ məˌtaɪz, ˈtrɔ-/
verb (used with object), traumatized, traumatizing.
Pathology. to injure (tissues) by force or by thermal, chemical, etc., agents.
Psychiatry. to cause a trauma in (the mind):
to be traumatized by a childhood experience.
Also, especially British, traumatise.
Origin of traumatize
1900-05; < Greek traumatízein to wound. See traumatic, -ize
Related forms
traumatization, noun
untraumatized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for traumatize
  • They are in pain and can inadvertently traumatize the students.
  • In ending your pain, you traumatize those close to you.
  • But the people never move on their own, so it's unrealistic enough that it's not likely to traumatize or desensitize anyone.
  • He doesn't use them to traumatize the tonsils or boost the beer sales.
  • If you inject all the way down to the bone, you can traumatize it, and that could produce a headache.
  • Such shocks often dislodge individual lives, but they rarely traumatize societies.
  • They seem to want to traumatize and rob people so that they can no longer function.
  • It is not rule-based and does not re-traumatize individuals.
  • In addition to the loss of life, suicides consume park resources and staff time and can traumatize witnesses.
  • Blind intubation techniques may be impossible with neck swelling and potentially traumatize an already compromised airway.
British Dictionary definitions for traumatize


(transitive) to wound or injure (the body)
to subject or be subjected to mental trauma
Derived Forms
traumatization, traumatisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for traumatize

1903, of physical wounds; 1949 in the psychological sense, from Greek traumat-, stem of trauma (see trauma).

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