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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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  • They are trying to work democracy effectively into the faith, and with it the promise of less easily traumatized mores.
  • Sufferers have reported being traumatized by the experience, of fearing ever traveling again.
  • It does not destroy him, or leave him permanently traumatized.
  • Using simulation to treat a new generation of traumatized veterans.
  • She was terribly traumatized by her work as a psychiatric technician.
  • People are still so traumatized-they remain acutely aware that the ocean is close.
  • In order to keep the current flowing, the traumatized axons start to build more channels.
  • Much of contemporary social anthropology represents a traumatized retreat from the sins of those intellectual fathers.
  • They have been traumatized by the fighting and the denial of basic rights and opportunities.
  • If you see cruelty is it not normal to be traumatized by it.
British Dictionary definitions for traumatized


(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 traumatized



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

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