Definition of awfulize in English:

awfulize

transitive verb

(also British awfulise)
[with object] informal
  • Imagine (a situation) to be as bad as it can possibly be.

    • ‘I awfulized the upcoming confrontation I was planning to have with my boss’
    • ‘If they would not ‘awfulize’ their situation and be challenged to have a more realistic, balanced view of their circumstances, then their mood and behavior may improve.’
    • ‘For example, in demanding perfection you go to one extreme, while in awfulizing you go to the other.’
    • ‘A common awfulizing exaggeration uses the words always or never, incorrectly and inaccurately.’
    • ‘Failures and backsliding are part of learning; don't awfulize and be overly critical of your mistakes.’
    • ‘To awfulize means to describe something as 100% bad - and so far, little has been found to be 100% bad.’
    • ‘Some of the bad ways to discuss problems are to awfulize, trivialize, work it up, or dump.’
    • ‘He awfulized the situation between the Ferdinand and Ophelia, stating that they were ready to kill each other.’
    • ‘So, throughout the day, when you find yourself stuck in awfulizing about the things that seem wrong, remember to say a prayer of gratitude for all the things that are right.’
    • ‘Catastrophizing and awfulizing are common irrational beliefs that cause anxiety.’
    • ‘To negate these feelings, individuals who awfulize must learn to focus on internal feelings and apply logic over emotions.’
    • ‘My usual wish to minimize or awfulize my experience, was kept in check.’
    • ‘And until this becomes a moderated newsgroup, neither you nor anyone else will succeed in kicking me off, no matter how much you villianize and awfulize my attempts to share the Course as I see it.’
    • ‘These techniques enhance one's life force energy for living in the ‘now’ rather than in some awfulized imagined future.’
    • ‘Then, six months later record what the actual outcome was, so you can check the accuracy of your awfulizing or catastrophizing.’
    • ‘Frank's brain awfulized this scenario, believed it to be true, then responded to what his brain made up by not speaking up and telling everyone his great idea.’
    • ‘Ellis demonstrated that depressed people could learn to re - think their tendency to awfulize.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if you successfully combat the first three thinking styles - demandingness, awfulizing, and I can't stand it - you reduce your tendency to condemn and damn.’
    • ‘Can we raise a responsible human being using optimism, joy and good humor without resorting to awfulizing and catastrophizing?’
    • ‘On the other hand, if after being shot our self-talk is irrational, awfulized or way out of proportion to the pain of that shot, the effect is to twist the arrow!’
    • ‘We did Yoga and meditated and spoke honestly to each other and didn't exaggerate or use too many superlatives or minimize or awfulize or secretly despise or withhold or lie.’

Pronunciation

awfulize

/ˈôfəˌlīz/ /ˈɔfəˌlaɪz/