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traumatize

[trou-muh-tahyz, traw-] /ˈtraʊ məˌtaɪz, ˈtrɔ-/
verb (used with object), traumatized, traumatizing.
1.
Pathology. to injure (tissues) by force or by thermal, chemical, etc., agents.
2.
Psychiatry. to cause a trauma in (the mind):
to be traumatized by a childhood experience.
Also, especially British, traumatise.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; < Greek traumatízein to wound. See traumatic, -ize
Related forms
traumatization, noun
untraumatized, adjective
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Examples 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

traumatize

/ˈtrɔːməˌtaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to wound or injure (the body)
2.
to subject or be subjected to mental trauma
Derived Forms
traumatization, traumatisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for traumatize
v.

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

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