Definition of traumatize in US 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He survived, but was terribly traumatised by the experience.’
    • ‘Often too the parents are severely traumatized by the experience of detention, which reduces their ability to parent their children.’
    • ‘In addition, Byrne has examined how some offenders may become traumatised by their actions.’
    • ‘It was among the most unpleasant and traumatizing experiences of my life and deeply underlined my already well-set negative self-image.’
    • ‘Children who are traumatized by witnessing or experiencing criminal or family violence often go untreated, said Fink.’
    • ‘Of course, most of us experience this as something traumatising, shocking, where you can never be sure.’
    • ‘He didn't want to risk that subjects might become stressed or would be traumatized in any way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Literally thousands more have been traumatized by the direct experience of violence and by the loss of loved ones.’
    • ‘Miss Sharp said both victims were still deeply traumatised by the experience.’
    • ‘Writers saw something captivating about trains and the potentially liberating but traumatising experience of riding in them.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the report says, the boys in the militia mostly felt guilt and shame and are traumatized by their experience.’
    • ‘The community of this tranquil village has been shocked and traumatised by this senseless and barbaric crime.’
    • ‘She said the experience traumatized her kids for life and put a permanent nix on their relationship with their father.’
    • ‘Lawyers said the men had been deeply traumatised by their experiences.’
    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’
      • ‘Or she might have given Lou a detailed description of traumatized brain tissue.’
      • ‘Prolonged bleeding is experienced after the area is traumatized.’
      • ‘Bellis perennis pills perform best if you've had abdominal surgery that traumatized deep 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.’

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