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[trou-muh-tahyz, traw-]
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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.
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Also especially British, trau·ma·tise.

Origin of traumatize

First recorded in 1900–05, traumatize is from the Greek word traumatízein to wound. See traumatic, -ize
Related formstrau·ma·ti·za·tion, nounun·trau·ma·tized, adjective
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Related Words for traumatization

blow, stress, ordeal, upheaval, torture, agony, shock, wound, damage, strain, suffering, confusion, injury, anguish, disturbance, collapse, upset, jolt, hurt, derangement

British Dictionary definitions for traumatization



  1. (tr) to wound or injure (the body)
  2. to subject or be subjected to mental trauma
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Derived Formstraumatization or traumatisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for traumatization



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

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