- 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, trau·ma·tise.
Origin of traumatize
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Examples from the Web for traumatizing
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Never mind that witnesses are often inconsistent about the details of a traumatizing attack.Bronx Judge Helps Dominique Strauss-Kahn Maid Nafissatou Diallo Find Justice
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The cinematic chimera was inspired by a traumatizing breakup suffered by Glodell.The Year's Most Explosive Film
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Beheadings, the traditional means of traumatizing the population into submission, have surged.Saudi Arabia: Friend or Foe?
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- (tr) to wound or injure (the body)
- to subject or be subjected to mental trauma
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Word Origin and History for traumatizing
1903, of physical wounds; 1949 in the psychological sense, from Greek traumat-, stem of trauma (see trauma).
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