[ trou-muh-tahyz, traw- ]
See synonyms for: traumatizetraumatizedtraumatizingtraumatization on

verb (used with object),trau·ma·tized, trau·ma·tiz·ing.
  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.

Origin of traumatize

First recorded in 1900–05, traumatize is from the Greek word traumatízein to wound. See traumatic, -ize
  • Also especially British, trau·ma·tise .

Other words from traumatize

  • trau·ma·ti·za·tion, noun
  • un·trau·ma·tized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use traumatize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for traumatize



/ (ˈtrɔːməˌtaɪz) /

  1. (tr) to wound or injure (the body)

  2. to subject or be subjected to mental trauma

Derived forms of traumatize

  • traumatization or traumatisation, noun

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