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a person who tends to raise , especially without sufficient reason, as by exaggerating dangers or prophesying calamities.
of or like an alarmist.
Contemporary Examples

His 2008 campaign left the alarmist congressman with a fanatical following, a national organization, and clout.
Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential Dilemma Patricia Murphy April 3, 2011

Brzezinski is by no means an alarmist of the “yellow-peril” strain in American history.
Does America Still Matter? Zbigniew Brzezinski’s ‘Strategic Vision’ Harold Evans July 5, 2012

They’re not, but the alarmist numbers are more likely to get media attention.
Department of Awful Statistics: Are Mass Shootings Really On the Rise? Megan McArdle January 27, 2013

But no longer seen as alarmist, MSF are the heroes with GOAL, an Irish NGO, and the International Medical Corps among others.
In Sierra Leone, the Plague Is Closing in Around Us Ned Eustace October 12, 2014

But the charges also often had an alarmist, breathless cast to them.
The New Political Violence Matthew Dallek April 8, 2010

Historical Examples

I am no alarmist and I do not presume to say that there will be serious trouble.
An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson

Oh, I was afraid of appearing an alarmist, and I thought it might be only a patrol.
The Regent’s Daughter Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

He who dares to shake the security by which we daily boast we are surrounded, is an alarmist, if not worse.
Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever

“Watch the depots,” was the unanimous cry that followed this alarmist statement.
Homestead Arthur G. Burgoyne

The madness of the innovator and the madness of the alarmist had alike had their day.
The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 3. (of 4) Thomas Babington Macaulay

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

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


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