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A warning before showing something that could cause a PTSD reaction. Commonly used as a joke, its meaning has unfortunately depreciated, drawing more stigma to mental illness.
The teacher gave a trigger warning before showing us the rape scene in the movie.
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A phrase posted at the beginning of various posts, articles, or blogs. Its purpose is to warn weak minded people who are easily offended that they might find what is being posted offensive in some way due to its content, causing them to overreact or otherwise start acting like a dipshit. Popular on reddit SRS or other places that social justice warriors like to hang out.

Trigger warnings are unnecessary 100% of the time due to the fact that people who are easily offended have no business randomly browsing the internet anyways. As a result of the phrases irrelevance, most opinions that start out with this phrase tend to be simplistic and dull since they were made by people ridiculous enough to think that the internet is supposed to cater to people who can't take a joke.
Trigger warning: If you think this phrase needs to be posted before politically incorrect opinions, you don't belong on the internets.
by pottskiller January 03, 2014
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1. An advance warning given to people suffering from PTSD that something awful they have experienced is about to be discussed or shown. Essentially a courtesy extended to people who have already been through more in their lives than most people will ever go through, especially as recovery from PTSD takes a long time and must be done with trained professionals.

2. In the weird alternate universe found only in the fantasies of wingnuts, an Orwellian tactic used by the left to keep new ideas out.
1. (actually happens) Just a trigger warning for survivors who haven't fully recovered, we are about to talk about rape.

2. (only happens in the minds of wingnuts) Trigger warning: today we are discussing the casualties of the Cultural Revolution. Maoists should escape now to avoid being triggered by this information!
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Used to alert people when an internet post, book, article, picture, video, audio clip, or some other media could potentially cause extremely negative reactions (such as post-traumatic flashbacks or self-harm) due to its content. Sometimes abbreviated as "TW."
by raggedyanndy November 08, 2011
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A word that makes me want to pull a trigger (albeit, of a difference sort) every god damn, fucking time it is uttered.
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Urban Dictionary is not a website you want to be on if you are easily offended. If you are: Seriously, what the fuck are you doing here?!
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Trigger Warning is a disclaimer for autistic, emotionally unstable people who cannot read certain words without having a self diagnosed 'panic attack' due to their self-diagnosed PTSD. Words like rape, cut, gun, bbq, twix bar, bus, penis, basically any word can trigger a tumblr feminazi into a sweating, crying mess. Rather than growing up, trigger warnings are meant to make people attempt to avoid words that would 'trigger' someone. Clearly writers and bloggers and authors should censor themselves because the hamplanets of the world cannot deal with reading some letters on a screen
*tumblr feminazi browses the internet and sees the word rape*

*has a horrible flashback of the one time she slept with a guy, and regretted it later because he didn't make her cum or her friend made fun of her for sleeping with someone they thought was unattractive.*


*cuts herself with a butter knife*
by Lateralusmaster August 11, 2014
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A phrase posted at the beginning of various posts, articles, or blogs. Its purpose is to warn people with issues such as PTSD, Depression, Suicidal thoughts/behaviors, past drug/alcohol addictions or victims of things like Rape and Abuse that there is content ahead that may trigger a traumatic flashback or could possibly even make them want to harm themselves ahead. Sometimes, for people who have harmed themselves in the past, just one picture or post about self-harm can make them want to harm themselves again.

Trigger warning are necessary before posts that have to do with traumatic events, such as rape, cutting, suicide, drug use, and other PTSD influencing subject matter. They should never be used as a joke or joked about (unless you are around people you know will not be triggered by it).
Before posting a picture of someone cutting themselves, one might include the phrase "Trigger Warning" before the post.
by SunnyDaylily March 03, 2016
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