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uk   /trɔːˈmæt.ɪk/ /traʊˈmæt.ɪk/  us   /trɑːˈmæt̬.ɪk/
C2 If an ​experience is traumatic, it ​causes you ​severeemotionalshock and ​upset: Some of the most ​disturbedchildren had ​witnessed really traumatic things, such as ​rape and ​murder.
informal frightening and ​causingworry: 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/
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