Definition of traumatic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//trɔːˈmætɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//traʊˈmætɪk//
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  1. 1extremely unpleasant and causing you to feel upset and/or anxious a traumatic experience Divorce can be traumatic for everyone involved. a traumatic childhood
  2. 2[only before noun] (psychology or medical) connected with or caused by trauma traumatic amnesia see also post-traumatic stress disorder
  3. Word Originmid 19th cent.: via late Latin from Greek traumatikos, from trauma ‘wound’.
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