Definition of traumatic in English:

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Pronunciation: /trɔːˈmatɪk/
Pronunciation: /traʊˈmatɪk/


1Deeply disturbing or distressing: she was going through a traumatic divorce
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  • It was a traumatic episode with a distressing cliffhanger.
  • It was a deeply traumatic experience anticipating a police dog going berserk in the enclosed space that is Streatham Hill ticket office.
  • His lack of health was incredibly disturbing and traumatic for all of us, especially a young boy who idolised him.
disturbing, shocking, distressing, disquieting, upsetting, damaging, scarring, injurious, harmful, hurtful, painful, agonizing, awful, chilling, alarming, devastating, harrowing, excruciating, horrifying, terrifying
informal mind-blowing
stressful, demanding, trying, taxing, terrible, bad, unpleasant, disagreeable, irksome, troublesome, vexatious
1.1Relating to or causing psychological trauma: she is remembering some deeply traumatic incident in her past
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  • Psychological reactions to traumatic events also affect sexual functioning.
  • Since the traumatic incident was, by definition, unpleasant, its repetition appeared to contravene the pleasure principle.
  • In addition, amnesia for traumatic events may occur in rare cases.
2 Medicine Relating to or denoting physical injury.
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  • Researchers know that one common thread in a body's reaction to a traumatic injury is inflammation.
  • All pregnant women with traumatic injury should be assessed formally in a medical setting.
  • This is the cause of chronic swelling that sometimes occurs after surgery or a traumatic injury to a limb.



Example sentences
  • And I can't overlook how high-end consumption promises to do exactly what critics of the stuff have always yearned for, namely, to bring us together, often traumatically.
  • Since he had only recently, and traumatically, been released on to the dating market, I couldn't give this delusion the duffing up it deserved; but honestly, cooking alone does not earn brownie points from a woman.
  • He, too, traumatically abandons the young man.


Mid 19th century: via late Latin from Greek traumatikos, from trauma (see trauma).

Words that rhyme with traumatic

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