alarmist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n alarmist a person who alarms others needlessly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Alarmist One prone to sound or excite alarms, especially, needless alarms.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alarmist One who excites alarm; one who is prone to raise an alarm, as by exaggerating bad news or prophesying calamities, particularly in regard to political or social matters.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alarmist one who excites alarm: one given to prophesy danger
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. alarmiste,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. alarme—It. all' arme, to arms—L. ad, to, arma, arms.

Usage

In literature:

The double charge of leaving the firing line without permission and spreading alarmist reports is a serious one.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
He knew that Dr. Brown was no alarmist, and that the best thing to do was to obey his injunctions unquestioningly.
"Bert Lloyd's Boyhood" by J. McDonald Oxley
One night there came to them over the wires an alarmist message to send no more trains to Abu Dis.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
I am no alarmist and I do not presume to say that there will be serious trouble.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
These specialists are all alarmists, and I've often heard of his frightening people.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
Many Iraqis spoke of Iranian meddling, and Sunnis took a particularly alarmist view.
"The Iraq Study Group Report" by United States Institute for Peace
He was no alarmist, but he knew only too well the meaning of a big general Indian rising.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Lord John had done too much for the people to be afraid of them, and he refused to accept the alarmist view of the situation.
"Lord John Russell" by Stuart J. Reid
For once the alarmist was right.
"With the French in France and Salonika" by Richard Harding Davis
These figures furnish a striking answer to the alarmists who can see in Germany nothing but a vigorous and not too scrupulous rival.
"Are we Ruined by the Germans?" by Harold Cox
Let confusion of face cover all abolition alarmists in view of these historical facts!
"Thoughts on African Colonization" by William Lloyd Garrison
Alarmists needlessly we are not, and would never prematurely frighten any nervous reader.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
I'm no alarmist, but you really need to be frightened.
"Ewing\'s Lady" by Harry Leon Wilson
He put his opinion in that form to avoid being an alarmist, though the symptoms of the disease were unfavourable, and he dreaded the worst.
"Love's Usuries" by Louis Creswicke
However, the winter of 2489 was so disastrous, it was actually necessary to take the threatening predictions of the alarmists seriously.
"Underground Man" by Gabriel Tarde
It may be asserted that this view is alarmist, and that, however bad our state, we are better than Germany.
"Stand Up, Ye Dead" by Norman Maclean
You seem afraid of being called an alarmist.
"The New Conspiracy Against the Jesuits Detected and Briefly Exposed" by R. C. Dallas
I have alluded to the alarmist rumours that were raised again and again at Panama and created much uneasiness in the United States.
"The Panama Canal" by J. Saxon Mills
I have never been an alarmist, you know that.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
Professional pride said: wait, don't be an alarmist!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1930" by Victor Rousseau
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In news:

It's impossible to talk about a waterborne amoeba that destroys brain tissue without sounding alarmist.
"We heard similar kinds of alarmist concerns about bathrooms and shower areas when we were talking about protecting gay and lesbian people from discrimination," he tells the Star.
The chaos and Armageddon alarmists are quiet.
Does alarmist rhetoric still work to alter consumer behavior toward the environment.
Not to be alarmist, but the things we do every day , and take for granted, might increase your risk for different cancers.
Our advice to any lingering alarmists: Notice how quickly the uproar over the repeal of DADT faded .
In an era of bruised American pride, it's not uncommon these days to see political pundits make alarmist predictions of the country's imminent doom.
Climate alarmists change vocabulary for losing argument.
5 Most Alarmist Fliers of Missouri KKK.
Like many new, unfamiliar technologies, lithium -ion batteries have spawned various alarmist wives' tales.
Some say the term is inaccurate, and somewhat alarmist.
Do you wonder about political hot topics, confusing terms, alarmist remarks, scathing accusations, et al, and question what is true, false or a mixture of both.
An eye-opening document from the Worldwatch Institute provides some worrisome insight into what anti-capitalist, anti-modern technology, and environmental alarmists have in mind.
' Shady RAT' Report Called Alarmist, Flawed.
Sharks are natural predators - but reports of "shark attacks" in the Red Sea are both misleading and alarmist, writes marine biologist Michael C Scholl.
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