Definition of alarmist in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈlärməst/


Someone who is considered to be exaggerating a danger and so causing needless worry or panic.
Example sentences
  • They argue that the problem does not exist, or has been grossly exaggerated, and they call the reformers alarmists, fanatics, scaremongers, prophets of doom and so on.
  • An intelligence expert even told Wilkinson: ‘Those of us who believed the threat was there were called alarmists and pessimists, but we called ourselves realists.’
  • The Bush Administration itself, whether for reasons of politics or ignorance, has also given intellectual ground to alarmists in the climate change debate.


Creating needless worry or panic: alarmist rumors
More example sentences
  • MR MULHOLLAND, I found your particular brand of negative alarmist journalism quite entertaining when I first started reading your column.
  • This, conceded the correspondent, ‘laid the ground for every conceivable rumour’, and contributed to alarmist reports in the Western media about the scale of the damage.
  • For the less gullible among us, the administration's alarmist rhetoric in 2002 was a grim farce, and the unfolding of the nightmare we see today was a foregone conclusion.



Pronunciation: /əˈlärmˌizəm/
Example sentences
  • A theory I have is that the alarmism about television and children is a kind of anti-feminism (intentional or unintentional).
  • This multi-disciplinary study concludes that climate alarmism is unwarranted and counterproductive for the developed world and particularly for the world's energy poor.
  • But I pointedly and publicly criticized my colleagues when they engaged in alarmism and selective reporting.

Words that rhyme with alarmist

palmist, psalmist

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Syllabification: a·larm·ist

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