trau·​ma·​tize | \ ˈtrȯ-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce traumatize (audio) also ˈtrau̇- How to pronounce traumatize (audio) \
traumatized; traumatizing

Definition of traumatize

transitive verb

: to inflict a trauma upon

Other Words from traumatize

traumatization \ ˌtrȯ-​mə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce traumatize (audio) also  ˌtrau̇-​ How to pronounce traumatize (audio) \ noun

Examples of traumatize in a Sentence

He was traumatized by the experience.
Recent Examples on the Web Just crawling out of bed every morning, trying not to end up divorced or go bankrupt or traumatize my children, felt scary enough. Daniel Duane, Outside Online, 18 June 2021 Expert explains why House hearing could further traumatize mass shooting survivors. Candy Woodall, USA TODAY, 7 June 2022 Entrenched political views mean such images would traumatize readers and viewers but change few minds, MSNBC’s Michael A. Cohen counters. New York Times, 5 June 2022 Sharing traumas onscreen can often re-traumatize a person, and Gillespie made sure the women on the show felt supported at all times. Yolanda Machado,, 3 June 2022 The crimes were often done as a public spectacle to traumatize Black people, the group says, and those killed often weren’t guilty of any crime. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 Botched raids can also traumatize those swept up in the chaos. Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2022 Yet the Royeen family worries that the State Department’s policy of flying evacuees to Qatar for a month or more of background checks and visa processing for entry to the United States will further traumatize Arian. Deepa Fernandes, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Feb. 2022 And how voyeuristic entertainment can trap and traumatize those being watched, recorded and sold. Matt Wake |, al, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of traumatize

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Traumatize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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transitive verb
variants: also British traumatise \ -​ˌtīz How to pronounce traumatize (audio) \
traumatized also British traumatised; traumatizing also British traumatising

Medical Definition of traumatize

: to inflict a trauma upon traumatized tissues children traumatized by physical abuse

Other Words from traumatize

traumatization also British traumatisation \ ˌtrȯ-​mət-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce traumatize (audio) , ˌtrau̇-​ How to pronounce traumatize (audio) \ noun

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