trau·​ma·​tized | \ ˈtrȯ-mə-ˌtīzd also ˈtrau̇-\

Definition of traumatized

: 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

First Known Use of traumatized

1882, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about traumatized

Share traumatized

Statistics for traumatized

Last Updated

14 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for traumatized

The first known use of traumatized was in 1882

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on traumatized

Britannica English: Translation of traumatized for Arabic Speakers

Comments on traumatized

What made you want to look up traumatized? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to express emotion in a dramatic way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!