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traumatize

[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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British Dictionary definitions for traumatization

traumatize

traumatise

verb
  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

traumatize

v.

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

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