alarmism

Definitions

  • Wanted to Turn in a Fire Alarm 201
    Wanted to Turn in a Fire Alarm 201
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n alarmism needless warnings
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Don't be alarmed Don't be alarmed
He heard a cry of alarm He heard a cry of alarm

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is a certain type of Hawk Moth caterpillar from Brazil that inflates its thorax, which makes its head look like a head of a snake when it feels it is in danger or alarmed
    • n alarmism A tendency to create alarms, or to be alarmed needlessly; a state of needless alarm; the condition or practice of an alarmist.
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “So much alarmed that she is quite alarming, All Giggle, Blush, half Pertness, and half Pout.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.”
  • Hitopadesa
    Hitopadesa
    “In time of danger it is proper to be alarmed until danger be near at hand; but when we perceive that danger is near, we should oppose it as if we were not afraid.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “It is not death that alarms me, but dying.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
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    “We leave unmolested those who set the fire to the house, and prosecute those who sound the alarm.”
  • James Madison
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    “We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.”

Usage

In literature:

Frank, looking over his shoulder as he was borne rapidly away by his own alarmed steed, saw Jerry scramble to his knees.
"The Outdoor Chums After Big Game" by Captain Quincy Allen
The emperor, in great alarm, sent embassadors to Monomaque with the most precious presents.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
Roger de Cliderhow at this moment suddenly approached, and in great alarm.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Julie noticed the passing shadow in his face and she knew it to be the sign of alarm.
"The Hosts of the Air" by Joseph A. Altsheler
How can a woman like me gaze at him without alarm?
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Nay, be not alarmed; you are in no danger.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
It might be difficult for him to pass for a Mexican and she would give the alarm.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Her mother, who was alarmed, shocked, stunned, gazed upon her, but could not speak.
"The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
On the alarm being given, the villains discharged a volley at the officers and then fled.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
Charles V. was as much alarmed by this unexpected apparition, as the Protestants had been alarmed by the preparations of the emperor.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
Don't be alarmed by their manners, Mr. Charcoal.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Beth, in the road, felt her heart beat violently, with vague excitement and alarm.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
She was alarmed at the other's tone.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
Dorothy blushed alarmingly red, then paled as quickly, at the mention of the ring.
"Pretty Madcap Dorothy" by Laura Jean Libbey
Virginia was alarmed at the sudden halt and at the frightened outcries of the youngsters.
"The Triumph of Virginia Dale" by John Francis, Jr.
This was the second false alarm that night, sounded, in Helen's fancy, by the quavering scream of the old iron gate.
"Willing to Die" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Surely they had not yet perceived the smoke, else they would have shown symptoms either of curiosity or alarm!
"The Young Yagers" by Mayne Reid
South Carolina, taking the alarm at this state of things, resorted as we have seen, to nullification, in 1832.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
Texas suggested an alarm of fire, which was outvoted as dangerous, likely to produce a panic.
"On Guard" by Upton Sinclair
Alarm spread through those feeble churches.
"History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Volume V" by J. H. Merle d'Aubign
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In poetry:

The cattle from its ominous banks
In wild alarm would run,
Tho' parched with thirst and faint beneath
The summer's scorching sun.
"Donica - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
He who fears not the mob's alarm:
To him who would the traitors storm,
And fell them with a valiant arm,
Behold a freeman's meed!
"Strike For Equal Rights" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
'Why, then,' said she, 'you've lost the feet
Of legs in war's alarms,
And now you cannot wear your shoes
Upon your feats of arms!'
"Faithless Nelly Gray" by Thomas Hood
Yet swiftly to its proper shore,
The whirlwind now the vessel drives,
Where by the elemental roar
Alarm'd, Cecilia's lord arrives.
"The Swan" by William Hayley
Thou smilest too!--sweet smile, whose charm
Has struck my soul with wild alarm,
And, when I see thee, bids disarm
Each vital power.
"In Adoration" by Sappho
At one year old no dire alarms,
Then every thing we see has charms;
We long for all, for all are new,
And lie within a yard or two.
"The Pleasures Of Matrimony" by William Hutton

In news:

Baked goods worth an early-morning alarm.
So I headed out to my local Home Depot and picked up a combo fire and CO alarm.
Investors Appear Deaf to Earnings Alarms.
Utility customers in West Virginia should not be alarmed when they receive their next bill, the state Public Service Commission advised Thursday.
An alarming new study from San Francisco State University came out on Tuesday about Ocean Beach.
Beacon Hill residents alarmed by home invasion, sexual assault.
Belladonna , the long-time day spa at 2900 Magazine St, is holding a fund-raising sale for Hubig's Pies, which burned down in a five-alarm fire two weeks ago.
Todd McShay set off alarms as he considered if NFL teams drafting sixth (St. Louis Rams) and 10th (Buffalo Bills) might consider selecting wide receivers with those choices.
The organization and firepower used in the assault has also raised alarm in Washington about the possibility of links to Al Qaeda.
For a city with such a strong German history like ours, there is an alarming lack of Columbus restaurants specializing in that sausage-and-suds-loving cuisine.
Alarming new details in the investigation into the Vermilion 18-month-old found.
But these scientists disagree on exactly when the alarm sounds.
) This year it was the flying alarm clock.
ATM Theft Raises Alarm after Card Copier Found.
Plus, after the alarm has sounded, it continues to count—that way, if you don't hear the alarm, you know how long ago it went off.
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In science:

This is done simply by ranking the without-transit distributions, determining the detection thresholds corresponding to the desired false alarm probabilities (FAPs), and calculating the portions of the with-transit distributions that exceeds these values.
A rigorous comparison of different planet detection algorithms
In order to ascertain the results of this analysis, a single set of parameters is simulated with 106 events, allowing both for the widths of the distributions to be estimated and for lower false alarm probabilities to be examined.
A rigorous comparison of different planet detection algorithms
Probabilities of detection for a false alarm rate of 1% for various transit parameters and detectors.
A rigorous comparison of different planet detection algorithms
If the with-transit distribution is Gaussian, then the probability of detection will be equal to the integral of this Gaussian from the point of the chosen false alarm probability to infinity.
A rigorous comparison of different planet detection algorithms
Hopefully this will also mean that an estimation like this is possible for the false alarm probability, although that analysis is beyond the scope of the simulations performed here, as it would require several orders of magnitude more iterations.
A rigorous comparison of different planet detection algorithms
Fig. 3. A plot of ln(1 − (ln(1 − PD )) against Nobs × σ2 , where PD is the probability of detection for a false alarm rate 2 , Nobs is the number of observations while the planet is in transit and σ is the depth of the transit observed.
A rigorous comparison of different planet detection algorithms
Lastly, in addition to the comparison of the detectors, there appears to be something of an empirical relation between the fundamental parameters (the number of observations during transit and the S/N of those observations) and the probability of detection at a fixed false alarm probability.
A rigorous comparison of different planet detection algorithms
In order to estimate false alarms and detection probabilities, we need therefore first to compute how much SNR is collected by the GDF detector(s), for a fixed SNR intrinsic.
Testing the performance of a blind burst statistic
We stress that there is no point in comparing the values of SNR for different detection methods or different window sizes N : only the comparison of false alarm and detection probabilities is sensible.
Testing the performance of a blind burst statistic
As discussed in Section 4.2 one should take into account the fact that the filt er outputs are correlated, and that one may strongly decrease the false alarm probability by re-sampling the output at a lower rate, while probably not hampering too much the detection probability.
Testing the performance of a blind burst statistic
It had an extra free parameter (the period), and searching this extra free parameter greatly increased the false alarm probabilities.
Improvements to Existing Transit Detection Algorithms and Their Comparison
They act only to inflate the false alarm probability as a result of the additional tests necessary to search the expanded parameter space.
Improvements to Existing Transit Detection Algorithms and Their Comparison
This process is repeated 105 times, and from these trials the probability of detection at a false alarm rate of 1% for the given signal energy is determined.
Improvements to Existing Transit Detection Algorithms and Their Comparison
Probabilities of detection for a false alarm rate of 1% for various transit signal energies and detectors based on 105 trials.
Improvements to Existing Transit Detection Algorithms and Their Comparison
The errors quoted are derived by calculating the probability of detection for a false alarm rate of 1% for the 10 sets of 104 trials and determining their standard deviation.
Improvements to Existing Transit Detection Algorithms and Their Comparison
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