Definition of traumatize in English:

traumatize

verb

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

    ‘the children were traumatized by separation from their families’
    • ‘Literally thousands more have been traumatized by the direct experience of violence and by the loss of loved ones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the report says, the boys in the militia mostly felt guilt and shame and are traumatized by their experience.’
    • ‘Children who are traumatized by witnessing or experiencing criminal or family violence often go untreated, said Fink.’
    • ‘Gardai said the victim was very shocked and traumatised by the ordeal but didn't require hospitalisation.’
    • ‘One child was so traumatised by the experience she could not stop vomiting and had to be hospitalised.’
    • ‘Lawyers said the men had been deeply traumatised by their experiences.’
    • ‘She escaped serious injury but, says her mum, remains traumatised by the experience.’
    • ‘Often too the parents are severely traumatized by the experience of detention, which reduces their ability to parent their children.’
    • ‘It was among the most unpleasant and traumatizing experiences of my life and deeply underlined my already well-set negative self-image.’
    • ‘She said the experience traumatized her kids for life and put a permanent nix on their relationship with their father.’
    • ‘The community of this tranquil village has been shocked and traumatised by this senseless and barbaric crime.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Writers saw something captivating about trains and the potentially liberating but traumatising experience of riding in them.’
    • ‘He survived, but was terribly traumatised by the experience.’
    • ‘Of course, most of us experience this as something traumatising, shocking, where you can never be sure.’
    • ‘Walter's repeated nightmares also make the point about how offenders can be traumatised by their own offences.’
    • ‘The decision should also take into account a likely traumatising parental experience as in febrile convulsions.’
    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.’
      • ‘But brain and heart are fragile and often traumatized tissue in Frank's world.’
      • ‘Prolonged bleeding is experienced after the area is traumatized.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

traumatize

/ˈtrouməˌtīz//ˈtrôməˌtīz/