Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Serious injury to the body, as from physical violence or an accident.
  • noun Severe emotional or mental distress caused by an experience.
  • noun An experience that causes severe anxiety or emotional distress, such as rape or combat.
  • noun An event or situation that causes great disruption or suffering.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An abnormal condition of the living body produced by external violence, as distinguished from that produced by poisons, zymotic infection, bad habits, and other less evident causes; traumatism; an accidental wound, as distinguished from one caused by the surgeon's knife in an operation.
  • noun External violence producing bodily injury; the act of wounding, or infliction of a wound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any serious injury to the body, often resulting from violence or an accident.
  • noun An emotional wound leading to psychological injury.
  • noun An event that causes great distress.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an emotional wound or shock often having long-lasting effects
  • noun any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]

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

Examples

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  • As Danielle Gardner, whose brother Douglas Gardner worked at Cantor Fitzgerald and died in the World Trade Center, wrote in a remarkable essay published in 2005, I have learned about the whacked-out phenomenon I term trauma envy.

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  • As Danielle Gardner, whose brother Douglas Gardner worked at Cantor Fitzgerald and died in the World Trade Center, wrote in a remarkable essay published in 2005, I have learned about the whacked-out phenomenon I term trauma envy.

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  • "Summer is what we call trauma season," says Matthew Denenberg, division chief for pediatrics at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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  • As Carlson notes, this trauma is the work of literature itself: For [Shelley], the value of creative writing is in 'preparing' readers for the inability to be prepared.

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  • From the point of view of the subject, this trauma is a hole, a tear in the symbolic tissue.

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  • Aleksei Petrov, one of the most striking and mysterious figures from Bulgaria's 20-year transition, walked into the court-room on crutches due to what he called a trauma from a 2002 assassination attempt.

    Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency)

  • Aleksei Petrov, one of the most striking and mysterious figures from Bulgaria's 20-year transition, walked into the court-room on crutches due to what he called a trauma from a 2002 assassination attempt.

    Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency)

  • Petrov walked into the court-room on crutches due to what he called a trauma from the time of the assassination attempt against him in 2002.

    Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency)

  • Petrov walked into the court-room on crutches due to what he called a trauma from the time of the assassination attempt against him in 2002.

    Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency)

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