Definition of alarmist in English:



  • Someone who exaggerates a danger and so causes needless worry or panic.

    ‘the problem is a fabrication by alarmists’
    • ‘I don't think we are being alarmists in our fears as they have been borne out in the past.’
    • ‘For decades, alarmists have been crying wolf with proclamations that the world is running out of oil.’
    • ‘We have become alarmists practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in our environment.’
    • ‘The Bush Administration itself, whether for reasons of politics or ignorance, has also given intellectual ground to alarmists in the climate change debate.’
    • ‘They argue that the problem does not exist, or has been grossly exaggerated, and they call the reformers alarmists, fanatics, scaremongers, prophets of doom and so on.’
    • ‘An intelligence expert even told Wilkinson: ‘Those of us who believed the threat was there were called alarmists and pessimists, but we called ourselves realists.’’
    • ‘But I draw the line at alarmists like Dionne, who thrust their fingers into the air to discover ‘chilling effects’ in the everyday conflicts between the state and press.’
    • ‘Assuming, that is, that the danger is as bad as alarmists are saying.’
    • ‘And that's accepting the dire predictions about warming of the global warming alarmists, which I do not.’
    • ‘But if misguided privacy alarmists have their way, the benefits of the next generation of bar codes may be denied or delayed.’
    • ‘Back in Siemiatycze, however, Radomski believes alarmists in the West who fear an invasion of immigrants have got it wrong.’
    • ‘It is not just alarmists who are asking this question.’
    • ‘Listening to the obesity alarmists talk about this, you would think that one out of every 20 kids have Type - 2 diabetes, or at least one out of every 100.’
    • ‘The current heatwave in Europe is letting alarmists have a field day, allowing them to spout all sorts of rubbish without people noticing.’
    • ‘The few who warned against the dangers of nuclear were dismissed as alarmists or even hysterics.’
    • ‘Population alarmists looked at this essentially Catholic continent and shuddered.’
    • ‘… It would be wrong to conclude that we should join the alarmists in their prophesies of doom.’
    • ‘Hopefully, as more and more locales change their policies toward recycling, the politicians will quit listening to the eco-utopian alarmists and start being prudent with taxpayer dollars.’
    • ‘To my mind there are, on this issue, two kinds of people: alarmists and fools.’
    • ‘An improved climate: ‘Every year, environmental alarmists claim we have taken another step on the road to ruin.’’
    scaremonger, gloom-monger, doom-monger, voice of doom, doomster, doomsayer, doom merchant, cassandra
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  • Creating needless worry or panic.

    ‘alarmist rumours’
    • ‘MR MULHOLLAND, I found your particular brand of negative alarmist journalism quite entertaining when I first started reading your column.’
    • ‘Global salvationism thus combines alarmist visions and diagnoses with confidently radical collectivist prescriptions for the world.’
    • ‘Even less alarmist academics thought that it had to worsen things, but as soon as it passed (even before it took effect), more poor people began looking for and getting jobs.’
    • ‘Notwithstanding superficial Western reportage and alarmist propaganda by Arab Sunnis, Arab Shias do not obey the commands of Iranian Shias.’
    • ‘If he warns of a terror attack, he is playing alarmist politics.’
    • ‘I have long been skeptical of alarmist demographic projections for the Palestinians, so the above-mentioned report doesn't surprise me.’
    • ‘Brian Caton, general secretary of the Prison Officers Association, said the claims were not alarmist and warned that the situation in prisons across the country was getting worse.’
    • ‘It triggered off right away some alarmist reactions at some of the mailing lists I have subscribed to, since it suggests a ‘crackdown’.’
    • ‘What is the rational response to Shelby's alarmist words?’
    • ‘This, conceded the correspondent, ‘laid the ground for every conceivable rumour’, and contributed to alarmist reports in the Western media about the scale of the damage.’
    • ‘In common with most alarmist theories, the concerns have been blown up out of all proportion to what is actually happening on the ground - but that does not mean that all is quiet on the south-east Asian front.’
    • ‘But Rice kept on saying these alarmist things nevertheless.’
    • ‘Some people have worried that parts of the series were overly alarmist.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this isn't some alarmist theory.’
    • ‘Canada's alarmist post-9/11 legislation will be given another careful look coast to coast, and it's all starting here.’
    • ‘For the less gullible among us, the administration's alarmist rhetoric in 2002 was a grim farce, and the unfolding of the nightmare we see today was a foregone conclusion.’
    • ‘At the same time, he sought to dismiss scare stories and alarmist reports in sections of the press, and stressed that Britain would continue to offer a warm welcome to genuine migrant workers and refugees.’
    • ‘But then, perhaps I'm slightly alarmist or paranoid?’
    • ‘If Spiegel is being alarmist this reaction is far preferable to pretending nothing is happening or imagining away the underlying problems that lend Nazi imagery its power.’
    • ‘Of course, dictatorships issue this sort of alarmist propaganda all the time. U.S. troops on the parallel can't sneeze without Pyongyang accusing them of germ warfare.’
    gloomy, dismal, pessimistic, negative, defeatist, downbeat, gloom-ridden, cynical, bleak, grim, fatalistic, black, sombre, drab, dreary
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