Trauma meaning

trômə, trou-
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.

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Bodily injury, wound, or shock.
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A painful emotional experience, or shock, often producing a lasting psychic effect and, sometimes, a neurosis.
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Any emotionally painful experience.

The trauma of being laid off.

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Severe bodily injury, as from a gunshot wound or a motor vehicle accident.
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Psychological or emotional injury caused by a deeply disturbing experience.
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Any serious injury to the body, often resulting from violence or an accident.
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An emotional wound leading to psychological injury.
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An event that causes great distress.
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Origin of trauma

  • Greek terə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek τραῦμα (trauma, “wound, damage").

    From Wiktionary