a person who tends to raise alarms, especially without sufficient reason, as by exaggerating dangers or prophesying calamities.


of or like an alarmist.

Origin of alarmist

First recorded in 1795–1805; alarm + -ist
Related formsa·larm·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for alarmist

pessimist, Cassandra, scaremonger

Examples from the Web for alarmist

Contemporary Examples of alarmist

Historical Examples of alarmist

  • 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.


    Arthur G. Burgoyne

British Dictionary definitions for alarmist



a person who alarms or attempts to alarm others needlessly or without due grounds
a person who is easily alarmed


characteristic of an alarmist
Derived Formsalarmism, noun
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Word Origin and History for alarmist

"one addicted to sounding alarms," 1793, from alarm (n.) + -ist.

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