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alarmist

[uh-lahr-mist] /əˈlɑr mɪst/
noun
1.
a person who tends to raise alarms, especially without sufficient reason, as by exaggerating dangers or prophesying calamities.
adjective
2.
of or like an alarmist.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; alarm + -ist
Related forms
alarmism, noun
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  • Perhaps our brains can evolve in more than one direction, which in a way refutes those alarmist researchers.
  • alarmist in tendencies, yes, but it still served its purpose.
  • Petro's alarmist views soon became mainstream on the political right.
  • The moral alarmist are getting way too much attention.
  • Susan is on record for having promoted alarmist propaganda about climate change in her speeches.
  • Interest on the rising debt caused by the health-spending deficit is the other big contributor to alarmist debt estimates.
  • It seems alarmist and overexcited even to pose it when the realities are so clear.
  • So that's my thought experiment- bleak and alarmist, perhaps, but one that follows directly from the logic of this situation.
  • The public is starting to view the shenanigans of the alarmist scientists with a jaundiced eye.
  • Certainly the alarmist side has shown itself to be better at manufacturing evidence.
British Dictionary definitions for alarmist

alarmist

/əˈlɑːmɪst/
noun
1.
a person who alarms or attempts to alarm others needlessly or without due grounds
2.
a person who is easily alarmed
adjective
3.
characteristic of an alarmist
Derived Forms
alarmism, noun
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Word Origin and History for alarmist
n.

"one addicted to sounding alarms," 1793, from alarm (n.) + -ist.

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