- The definition of a trauma is a very upsetting experience or the lingering effects of such an experience.
An example of a trauma is witnessing a murder.
nounpl. trau·mas or trau·ma·ta
- a. Serious injury to the body, as from physical violence or an accident: abdominal trauma.b. Severe emotional or mental distress caused by an experience: He experienced trauma for years after his divorce.
- a. An experience that causes severe anxiety or emotional distress, such as rape or combat: memories that persist after a trauma occurs.b. An event or situation that causes great disruption or suffering: the economic trauma of the recession.
Origin of traumaGreek; see ter&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
(plural traumas or traumata)
From Ancient Greek τραῦμα (trauma, “wound, damage”).