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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 of alarmist
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805; alarm + -ist
Related forms
alarmism, noun
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  • In short, he acted as an alarmist, not as a dispenser of justice.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • 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

/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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