Definition of flashback in English:

flashback

Syllabification: flash·back
Pronunciation: /ˈflaSHˌbak
 
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noun

  • 1A scene in a movie, novel, etc., set in a time earlier than the main story: in a series of flashbacks, we follow the pair through their teenage years
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    • The talk show framing device allows Ricky (hidden in the shadows) to narrate his story in flashback.
    • The story is narrated in flashback by Louis, in a letter written from his prison cell.
    • While the film's story is told in flashback, it is certainly a look forward, into the future, for its director.
  • 1.1A sudden and disturbing vivid memory of an event in the past, typically as the result of psychological trauma or taking LSD.
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    • The disorder is thus characterised by involuntary, persistent remembering or reliving the traumatic event in flashbacks, vivid memories, and recurrent dreams.
    • If you have PTSD, you may have vivid nightmares, flashbacks, and bad memories.
    • Ordinary events can serve as reminders of the trauma and trigger flashbacks or intrusive images.

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