alarmist


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a·larm·ist

 (ə-lär′mĭst)
n.
A person who needlessly alarms others, as by spreading exaggerated rumors of impending danger.

a·larm′ism n.

alarmist

(əˈlɑːmɪst)
n
1. a person who alarms or attempts to alarm others needlessly or without due grounds
2. a person who is easily alarmed
adj
characteristic of an alarmist
aˈlarmism n

a•larm•ist

(əˈlɑr mɪst)

n.
1. a person who tends to raise alarms, esp. without sufficient reason.
adj.
2. of or like an alarmist.
[1795–1805]
a•larm′ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alarmist - a person who alarms others needlessly
communicator - a person who communicates with others
scaremonger, stirrer - a person who spreads frightening rumors and stirs up trouble

alarmist

adjective fatalistic, pessimistic, scaremongering some of the more alarmist reports

alarmist

noun
One who needlessly alarms others:
Translations

alarmist

[əˈlɑːmɪst]
A. ADJalarmista
B. Nalarmista mf

alarmist

[əˈlɑːrmɪst] nalarmiste mfalarm signal nsignal m d'alarmealarm system nsystème m d'alarme

alarmist

nPanikmacher(in) m(f), → Kassandra f (geh)
adj speechUnheil prophezeiend attr; politicianPanik machend attr

alarmist

[əˈlɑːmɪst] nallarmista m/f
References in classic literature ?
I had, however, the less diffidence in that it would have a technical interest for her, being indeed no other than a song of cycling a deux which had been suggested by one of those alarmist danger-posts always placed at the top of the pleasantest hills, sternly warning the cyclist that "this hill is dangerous,"--just as in life there is always some minatory notice-board frowning upon us in the direction we most desire to take.
However, I don't want to depress you and play the alarmist so soon after your return to London.
The far-famed secret agent [delta] of the late Baron Stott-Wartenheim's alarmist despatches was not the man to break into such mysteries.
I decided that he was an alarmist. As for myself, I was content to remain and watch the fun.
The other day I read in some paper or other an alarmist article on the tireless activity of the revolutionary parties.
"Come with me to Aldershot next week, and I will show you that those who say that we have no army are ignorant alarmists. The Secretary for War shall show you our new scheme for defensive forces.
The National Institute for the Environment's alarmist agenda
Every day, we are treated to alarmist headlines which claim most refugees are only in this country to steal our jobs and get mixed up in organised crime.
Happer's cautious testimony was at odds with Gore's alarmist views.
Among other things, it is the cause (directly or indirectly) of terrorism, war, and conflict worldwide, the alarmist choir claims.