Definition of traumatize in English:

traumatize

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Subject to lasting shock as a result of an emotionally disturbing experience or physical injury.

    ‘the children were traumatized by separation from their families’
    • ‘Miss Sharp said both victims were still deeply traumatised by the experience.’
    • ‘The mental devastation of this experience has seriously traumatized him, leaving him full of fear.’
    • ‘She escaped serious injury but, says her mum, remains traumatised by the experience.’
    • ‘He didn't want to risk that subjects might become stressed or would be traumatized in any way.’
    • ‘In addition, Byrne has examined how some offenders may become traumatised by their actions.’
    • ‘Literally thousands more have been traumatized by the direct experience of violence and by the loss of loved ones.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the report says, the boys in the militia mostly felt guilt and shame and are traumatized by their experience.’
    • ‘Of course, most of us experience this as something traumatising, shocking, where you can never be sure.’
    • ‘It was among the most unpleasant and traumatizing experiences of my life and deeply underlined my already well-set negative self-image.’
    • ‘Lawyers said the men had been deeply traumatised by their experiences.’
    • ‘Gardai said the victim was very shocked and traumatised by the ordeal but didn't require hospitalisation.’
    • ‘Walter's repeated nightmares also make the point about how offenders can be traumatised by their own offences.’
    • ‘Often too the parents are severely traumatized by the experience of detention, which reduces their ability to parent their children.’
    • ‘Writers saw something captivating about trains and the potentially liberating but traumatising experience of riding in them.’
    • ‘One child was so traumatised by the experience she could not stop vomiting and had to be hospitalised.’
    • ‘He survived, but was terribly traumatised by the experience.’
    • ‘Children who are traumatized by witnessing or experiencing criminal or family violence often go untreated, said Fink.’
    • ‘She said the experience traumatized her kids for life and put a permanent nix on their relationship with their father.’
    • ‘The decision should also take into account a likely traumatising parental experience as in febrile convulsions.’
    • ‘The community of this tranquil village has been shocked and traumatised by this senseless and barbaric crime.’
    appal, horrify, scandalize, outrage, repel, revolt, disgust, nauseate, sicken, offend, give offence to, make someone's blood run cold, distress, upset, perturb, disturb, disquiet, unsettle, discompose, agitate
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    1. 1.1Medicine Cause physical injury to.
      ‘the dressings can be removed without traumatizing newly formed tissue’
      • ‘Those who have attended my courses know my commitment and joy in putting bent bodies straight and bringing gentle touch to traumatized tissues.’
      • ‘Or she might have given Lou a detailed description of traumatized brain tissue.’
      • ‘Bellis perennis pills perform best if you've had abdominal surgery that traumatized deep tissue.’
      • ‘But brain and heart are fragile and often traumatized tissue in Frank's world.’
      • ‘Prolonged bleeding is experienced after the area is traumatized.’

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