catastrophize

catastrophize

[kuh-tas-truh-fahyz]
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), catastrophized, catastrophizing.
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:
1960–1965;catastroph(e) + -ize

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