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alarmist

[uh-lahr-mist]
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noun
  1. a person who tends to raise alarms, especially without sufficient reason, as by exaggerating dangers or prophesying calamities.
adjective
  1. of or like an alarmist.

Origin of alarmist

First recorded in 1795–1805; alarm + -ist
Related formsa·larm·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for alarmist

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  • In short, he acted as an alarmist, not as a dispenser of justice.

  • Oh, I was afraid of appearing an alarmist, and I thought it might be only a patrol.

    The Regent's Daughter

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • Then he swore at the alarmist: "You blamed monkey," he pointed to the cottonwood.

    Laramie Holds the Range

    Frank H. Spearman

  • I am no alarmist and I do not presume to say that there will be serious trouble.

    An African Adventure

    Isaac F. Marcosson

  • "Watch the depots," was the unanimous cry that followed this alarmist statement.

    Homestead

    Arthur G. Burgoyne


British Dictionary definitions for alarmist

alarmist

noun
  1. a person who alarms or attempts to alarm others needlessly or without due grounds
  2. a person who is easily alarmed
adjective
  1. characteristic of an alarmist
Derived Formsalarmism, 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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