Definition of alarmist in English:
Someone who is considered to be exaggerating a danger and so causing needless worry or panic.
- 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.
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Creating needless worry or panic: alarmist rumors
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- 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.
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- 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.
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