An emotional/psychological reaction caused by something that somehow relates to an upsetting time or happening in someone's life. This reaction is often found to happen in war veterans, people suffering with PTSD, depression, and other mental disorders.
"Jim gets easily triggered."
"What a feminist."
"No, he's a war veteran who has flashbacks that effect him detrimentally when he hears fireworks or gun shots. Ignorant asshole."
by enxahera July 18, 2016
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1.) *popular and well known definition* triggered is when someone gets offended or gets their feelings hurt, often used in memes to describe feminist, or people with strong victimization. (the use of this word through social media is generally ableist.)

2.) *actaul definition of triggered* trigger is something that sets off a memory tape or flashback transporting the person back to the event of her/his original trauma.
trauma in the form of flashbacks or overwhelming feelings of sadness, anxiety, or panic. The brain forms a connection between a trigger and the feelings with which it is associated, and some triggers are quite innocuous. For example, a person who smelled incense while being raped might have a panic attack when he or she smells incense in a store. Triggers are very personal, and generally people with severe PTSD or/and anxiety can be triggered by everyday things.
1.) lol this 'feminazi' is sooo triggered cus I told her to make me a sandwich!! Lol😂😂

2.) *man who fought in the Iraq war comes back on 4th of July*

"Glad to be home."

*fireworks goes off and the man suddenly has a panic attack, cannot breath and is suffocating on the floor*

*in the hospital*

"Sir, it is apparent that the due to very traumatic events you experienced in the war, you have severe PTSD. And we believed that fireworks triggered you to have a panic attack. I'm sorry sir."
by Lia and lidi August 4, 2016
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Getting filled with hate after seeing, hearing or experiencing something you can't stand.
Person 1 posts something on the internet.
Person 2: "Relax mate, don't be mad"
Person 1 gets triggered, or angered.
Person 1 continues to bash on Person 2.
by stashcat April 9, 2015
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Okay, kiddos. Enough of this 'landwhale' bullshit. I'm about to tell you what REAL triggering is.

To be 'triggered' is NOT to be offended by something. It's actually quite different from that. To be triggered is to have a certain stimulus, be it a word, a place, a person etc, set off (or trigger) a memory linking back to a traumatic point in your life (i.e. rape, a local terrorist attack, or any sort of horrible event), resulting in negative effects like anxiety attacks (and that's just one of the many things that can come from being triggered. Trust me, it can get so much worse). It is NOT something to be treated lightly.

I'll conclude this with a rundown of tips for if you ever come across someone who can be triggered.

1: Do not make fun of them. Triggering is a serious issue which should be treated with care and respect.
2: Do not start calling them things like 'SJW' or 'Landwhale' or whatever other bullshit you might associate with triggering. It has nothing to do with that.
3: Do not, I repeat, do NOT (I repeat again, FUCKING DO NOT) attempt to trigger them. You should already know this, but I'm saying it anyway. DON'T TRY TO TRIGGER PEOPLE, YOU FUCKING ASSHOLE. Don't even consider it. You can do some serious damage to a person's mental state if you do. You keep that in fucking mind.

Now, I'd appreciate some upvotes so we can get this ACTUAL definition of triggering to be the top definition, so no one has to see that disgustingly mean 'landwhale' definition again.
Janet was raped when she was a child. Years later, Brad, an internet troll, triggered her deliberately. Brad's a fucking asshole.
by OprahDollarsAreNotAThing September 4, 2016
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A trivialization of the psychological term for the effect wrought on an individual when items or events remind them of trauma they have suffered; an attempt to smear the holder of an opinion which with one disagrees; a simple-minded reply to any evidence which one has been told is fake news.
A: Climate change , by altering world weather patterns and sea levels, among other effects, threatens to cause traumatic dislocation and famine.
B: Triggered!
by Crawdad Nelson March 18, 2017
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1. Synonym of cringe

2. Pissed off, annoyed
1. Brian was triggered because he hates the sound of Styrofoam being rubbed together.

2. Stephen was triggered because Cristopher made fun of CS:GO.
by Icyfiresword January 23, 2016
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A phrase that Right-Wing people like to wrongly use (actual definition: on to bash anyone who doesn't have the same opinion as them.

Ironically, they are in fact the ones getting "triggered" (according to their definition of triggered) themselves.
Person : I believe women should be treated equally as men.
by UrbanDictionaryLTRI94 August 23, 2017
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