[ kuh-tas-truh-fahyz ]
/ kəˈtæs trəˌfaɪz /

verb (used with or without object), ca·tas·tro·phized, ca·tas·tro·phiz·ing.

to view or talk about (an event or situation) as worse than it actually is, or as if it were a catastrophe: Stop catastrophizing and get on with your life! She tends to catastrophize her symptoms.

Origin of catastrophize

First recorded in 1960–1965;catastroph(e) + -ize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020