alarm·​ism | \ə-ˈlär-ˌmi-zəm \

Definition of alarmism 

: the often unwarranted exciting of fears or warning of danger

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alarmist \ -​mist \ noun or adjective

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Are those questioning the alarmism on global warming also part of what makes us strong? Alex Kingsbury,, "‘Post-truth,’ the ultimate form of cynicism," 18 May 2018 The longest of these forewords, from cardiologist Vidya S. Kaushik, comes with hearty dose of alarmism. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appetit, "In Search of Fatima Lakhani, Whose Cookbook Changed the Way My Family Ate," 27 June 2018 This is useful as a precursor to later examples of congressional alarmism; Charlie also gleans tactical advice from the proceedings. Janet Maslin, New York Times, "Jake Tapper’s ‘Hellfire Club’ Takes Us Back to McCarthy-Era America," 21 Apr. 2018 Think Chicken Little, minus the alarmism, plus a lot more math. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "All The Places Tiangong-1 Won’t Land (And Where It Still Might)," 30 Mar. 2018 The internet of the 1990s was a perfect canvas for alarmism: hard to define, easy to misunderstand, growing rapidly but not yet vital or even familiar to those most inclined to worry about it. John Herrman, New York Times, "The Return of the Techno-Moral Panic," 5 Dec. 2017 Some responses to Wallace-Wells’ piece have decried its alarmism and despair. Tommy Lynch, Slate Magazine, "Why Hope Is Dangerous When It Comes to Climate Change," 25 July 2017 Already, experts on media and kids are cautioning against alarmism, using this as a teachable moment. Lisa Guernsey, Slate Magazine, "Smartphones are linked to problems, but they haven’t “destroyed a generation.”," 10 Aug. 2017 And despite the alarmism, women who have anal are slowly but surely making their way into mainstream narratives. Amanda Chatel, Glamour, "I’m Tired of Feeling Bad About Genuinely Liking Anal Sex," 20 Oct. 2017

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1842, in the meaning defined above

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