trau·​ma·​tized ˈtrȯ-mə-ˌtīzd How to pronounce traumatized (audio)
 also  ˈtrau̇-
: affected by physical or emotional trauma
He has always admitted responsibility for the crash, on the Autobahn between Berlin and Leipzig, which … left him temporarily paralyzed and traumatized.John Rockwell
Patients are less traumatized, require shorter hospital stays, and heal faster than with conventional surgery. Yet despite the benefits, laparoscopy is a challenging procedure.Kathy A. Svitil
Two traumatized plane-crash survivors, played by Jeff Bridges and Rosie Perez, teach each other how to live again.Peter Travers
… the many barriers leading to his conviction: for one, victims too traumatized to press charges.Eloise Kinney

Examples of traumatized in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Having missed their border appointment, Guerrero and his traumatized family caught a ride to the Mexican city of Monterrey and found work hawking sweets and peanuts. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2024 Donny's experiences with Darrien left him traumatized and hollow, ruining his relationship with girlfriend Keeley (Shalom Brune-Franklin). David Oliver, USA TODAY, 7 May 2024 What does that mean to be born with the neuronal makeup of a traumatized or stressed parent? Nicholas Stfleur, STAT, 12 Apr. 2024 Hopefully, everyone who was injured recovers well and isn’t too traumatized to ever fly again. Collin Woodard / Jalopnik, Quartz, 12 Mar. 2024 The pie shop’s traumatized young apprentice, Tobias, then cuts the bereft barber’s throat. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2024 Health partners have also delivered medicine and provided psycho-social support to traumatized people, including children. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 1 Apr. 2024 Well this question seems to be salt in the wounds of traumatized Jays fans. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 27 Mar. 2024 Although most have been released, many remain traumatized. John Otis, NPR, 23 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of traumatized was in 1882

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“Traumatized.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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