trau·ma·tize | \ˈtrȯ-mə-ˌtīz also ˈtrau̇- \
traumatized; traumatizing

Definition of traumatize 

transitive verb

: to inflict a trauma upon

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traumatization \ˌtrȯ-mə-tə-ˈzā-shən also ˌtrau̇- \ noun

Examples of traumatize in a Sentence

He was traumatized by the experience.

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More children may end up lost or traumatized in a system unprepared for the spike in children in need of placement and care. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "Is one lawsuit a path to justice and reunification for separated migrant families?," 23 June 2018 Her philosophy of clinical care puts personhood first and admits that our society traumatizes people, sometimes in the name of helping. David Staats, idahostatesman, "Who is shaping today's Treasure Valley? Here's what six local leaders shared with us | Idaho Statesman," 11 May 2018 Passengers reported that guns were aimed at them and many were traumatized by the incident., "The Quick Read: Joe Jackson Is Spending Final Days Of His Life In Hospital," 27 June 2018 Yet angered, traumatized or otherwise motivated, hundreds of I-4 drivers were convinced the contractor was to be blamed for damages and pursued a claim despite difficulties involved. Kevin Spear,, "I-4 construction nightmares: Drivers seeking payment for car damage face daunting odds," 13 July 2018 That’s something that can traumatize Kayla forever., "Eighth Grade's Elsie Fisher Shares What She Wishes People Knew About Gen Z," 11 July 2018 Granik steps down the social ladder another rung with her third feature, Leave No Trace, the tale of a widowed, traumatized war veteran and his 13-year-old daughter living in a heavily forested public park near Portland, Oregon. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Leave No Trace approaches homelessness on the most intimate terms," 11 July 2018 Many of the 60 survivors of the shooting had been seriously wounded by assault weapons fire, and all were traumatized. Meredith Cohn,, "What happens to the sites of mass shootings depends on where and what they are," 10 July 2018 Reports and witness accounts from those who survived the genocide say that, in the aftermath, the dogs developed a taste for human flesh and were seen eating the victims’ decomposing bodies, leaving people traumatized and scarred. Yana Paskova, National Geographic, "Learning to Love Dogs in Kigali," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of traumatize

1903, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of traumatize

: to cause (someone) to become very upset in a way that often leads to serious emotional problems : to cause (someone) to suffer emotional trauma


transitive verb
variants: also British traumatise \-ˌtīz \
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, ˌtrau̇- \ noun

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