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    trauma

    What´s the difference between traumatic and traumatizing?

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    Re: trauma

    I'm not a teacher, but I find no big difference in meaning, maybe there's some subtle difference in style.
    Traumatizing seems to be used in AE, but, according to the dictionary, it means the same as traumatic.

    ;)

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    Re: trauma

    I'm telling you this only from my intuition, but "traumatizing" sounds more serious. Real damage, actual trauma, may be caused by something traumatizing. Severe child abuse, seeing a terrible accident or a friend killed in war, being raped - those are all traumatizing.

    If I am using hyperbole, usually for humor, I would use "traumatic," I think.

    Traumatizing sounds clinical. Real. Actual.

    Again, this is just my intuition and may reflect only my personal use. Others may find no difference at all.

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    Re: trauma

    Intuition can make all the difference. I´m very very thankful.

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