catastrophize

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. catastrophe,
  2. catastrophe theory,
  3. catastrophic,
  4. catastrophic reaction,
  5. catastrophism,
  6. catatonia,
  7. catatonic,
  8. catatonic rigidity,
  9. catatonic schizophrenia,
  10. catatricrotism

Origin of catastrophize

First recorded in 1960–1965;catastroph(e) + -ize

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