Definition of “traumatic” - English Dictionary

“traumatic” in British English

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uk /trɔːˈmæt.ɪk/ /traʊˈmæt.ɪk/ us /trɑːˈmæt̬.ɪk/

C2 If an experience is traumatic, it causes you severe emotional shock and upset:

Some of the most disturbed children had witnessed really traumatic things, such as rape and murder.

informal frightening and causing worry:

Taking exams is always traumatic for me.

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adverb uk /trɔːˈmæt.ɪ.kəl.i/ /traʊˈmæt.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /trɑːˈmæt̬.ɪ.kəl.i/

(Definition of “traumatic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)