Definition of catastrophize in English:


(also catastrophise)


  • View or present a situation as considerably worse than it actually is.

    ‘traumatic experiences can predispose people to catastrophize’
    • ‘Don't catastrophize, and don't let the problem leak into other parts of your life.’
    • ‘While personality traits - or experiences like trauma - can predispose people to catastrophize, it is a habit of mind rather than an ingrained characteristic.’
    • ‘Yes, I tend to catastrophize.’
    • ‘Some folks tend to catastrophize events, making mountains out of molehills, or exaggerating the consequences.’
    • ‘She reports that anxious parents are over-vigilant, while depressed mothers "catastrophize" minor injuries.’
    • ‘People who catastrophize believe that the ache is unbearable, and that they are beyond help.’
    • ‘In contrast, many individuals begin to catastrophize one's pain.’
    • ‘Cognitive-behavioral therapy goals were to decrease her tendency to catastrophize and to improve her overall self-efficacy.’
    • ‘Don't catastrophize.’
    • ‘Part 1 assesses the tendency to catastrophize the consequences of negative events.’
    overstate, overemphasize, overstress, overestimate, overvalue, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflate
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