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


of or like an alarmist.

Nearby words

  1. alarm clock,
  2. alarm reaction,
  3. alarmed,
  4. alarming,
  5. alarmingly,
  6. alarum,
  7. alarums and excursions,
  8. alary,
  9. alas,
  10. alas, poor yorick!

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

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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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