Meaning of “traumatic” in the English Dictionary

"traumatic" in British English

See all translations


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.

More examples

  • Under deep hypnosis she remembered the traumatic events of that night.
  • There may be traumatic incident in your past that you have blanked out.
  • I found it very traumatic to see my own child being anaesthetized.
  • He found his 40th birthday quite traumatic.
  • We will all remember the traumatic events of 11 September, 2001.
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)